Daughters of Promise November/December 2014 - Page 32

the vulnerable heart even more raw and tender. Be prepared for unexpected pain – and unexpected joy. Let the tears flow; don’t try to pretend everything is okay. But don’t fall into despair. God is in the healing business. He will heal. Joy is around the corner. Redemption is nigh. And isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Redemption. Jesus came to redeem; that’s His chief business. He wants to take the hard things of life and make them into something beautiful. He wants to take your hard holiday and turn into something beautiful. Allow Him to do His work. Mary, the mother of Jesus, found herself in the center of the Christmas story in a very changing world. In many ways, her life was being painted in a swirl of unexpected, complicated colors. Her response to her changing circumstances are in Luke 1:46-55. She says, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” She also sings, “He fills the hungry with good things.” He does fill us with good things. I pray your life will be full of good things this season, even in the loss, the uprooting, and the disappointments. Keep your heart open and tender to the good things He will bring your way. Allow him to bring you joy this holiday. I remember a week before Christmas, after my dad left HY