We find ourselves in the midst of Christmastide in the Christian calendar -- a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus for 12 days. Yet once we finish unwrapping our Christmas presents, it's easy to slip back into the darkness of Advent. Looking at a passage from Isaiah, Kara encourages us to hold these tensions together. We may not feel the excitement or hope that the birth of Jesus declares. Our feelings may be fueled by the struggles of our lives and the world around us, but that doesn't change the truth of Christ. The truth that He is with us. He has never left us. So, even when our prayers are not answered in the way we desire or expect, we can still declare the truth that God is who He says He is.
December 29, 2019