It’s no secret: I’ve struggled this year, and in recent months the battle has almost overwhelmed.
I wrote on my blog yesterday how I felt like I have failed Advent and someone who played a pivotal role in my messed up life decades ago, and who remains a dear friend of my heart, sent me an email in response to my feelings of failure.
He gets it. In a very real sense, he’s right there with me just like so many of you are. This has been hard and harsh year.
My friend shared a song, and the backstory behind it, and It helped. It reminded me of things I sometimes forget when I feel like my brokenness disqualifies me from—well, pretty much everything.
“Jesus wasn’t born for people who have it all together. He was born for those who have nothing,” the story says. These days, I’m one of those who feels like she has nothing so I guess that means me.
Maybe, in terms of my intention for quiet contemplation and deepening my faith, I missed the mark on Advent this year. Hope, peace, joy, love. They’ve been elusive on all fronts. Unfaithful. Weak. Unstable. Yup, that’s me.
In a couple of days it will be Christmas. One like none other in our lifetime. Many of us are feeling worn out, wrung out, and the effort to summon joy is just more than we can muster. The good news is that we don’t have to. Manufactured joy isn’t what Christmas is all about.
We’re pausing to remember a birth. A time when love was manifest in a time of unrest, weariness, and political turmoil. A time, in a sense, not completely different from today. I know . . . there’s this, and there’s that, and we’ve never come this way before and all that’s true.
And me. Broken, weary (so, so weary), feeling a lot like I’ve failed these days. Messed up and feeling like giving up.
And Immanuel. God with us. God with me. God with you.
Maybe we need Christmas more than ever this year.
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Here’s the song and a link to the story behind it. I pray it will bless you as it does me.
* Music and words by Bob Kauflin and Lisa Clow © 2020 Sovereign Grace Praise/BMI. Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Churches. All rights reserved.