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No one gives…

No one gives….

The right words, that can be a balm to your wounds. That can pick you up off the ground when you feel that you have fallen flat on your face. That can give you hope that lasts. That settles your soul instead of disturbing it.

The right attention, that is selfless. That is focused and worth while. That isn’t superficial and sometimes haphazard.

The right time, that is never ending and fully satisfying. That doesn’t leave you wanting more or less.

The right care, that knows the essence of who you are and what you need. That isn’t a shot in the dark.

The right love, that isn’t self-centered or reactive, but steadfast and faithful. That is sacrificial. That comes from the very heart and that was planned from before the beginning.

Sometimes the things that we think we need are not found where we are looking for them. Sometimes we don’t know that we are looking for them.

Christmas can feel commercialized, materialistic, over-scheduled, and like a let-down. We are seeking for the right words, attention, time, care, and love, but not caring to look to the source of it all. No one can give you those things in a present, or even in their personhood. No one, except Jesus.

Is your heart craving more this season? Are you finding an end in all that you found pleasurable before? Is “staying at home” difficult because any time spent in more solitude leads to reflection and self-loathing, fear and anxiety for you? Let us take our eyes off what we cannot fix and look to the One who did everything to “fix” what we can’t.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end,

on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness

from this time forth and forevermore.

The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”

Isaiah 9:6-7