“For he said, ‘Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely’; and he became their savior in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.” – Isaiah 63:8-9
By now, you’ve probably thrown the Christmas tree out the back door, stripped the decorations from the hearth, and vacuumed up more fir needles than you thought it possible for one tree to shed. It seems that all we have to look forward to are the long, cold nights of winter. What will bring us cheer in these dreary days?
The prophet Isaiah reminded the children of Israel that in the midst of their distress – during their darkest, bleakest days – it was God who became their savior. God entered in like a mother and scooped them up, loved them, and saved them. God has done the same for us – in the person of a tiny baby.
The decorations may be gone for another year, but the Christ who greeted us on Christmas morning still lives. Through his life, he offers us, even in the dark times, grace and peace that we cannot imagine. When the light grows dim and the midwinter blues set in, remember that child, that star in the eastern sky, those angels who sang alleluias. Lift up your hearts and rejoice in the one who came to make all things new – even us.