hopeless at Christmas

Bringing hope back to Christmas

Are you feeling hopeless this Christmas season? 

You may put on a brave face for others, but your heart is greatly discouraged. 

You don’t want to engage in the usual Christmas traditions—they feel meaningless. Being jolly is the furthest thing from your mind.

With the world being in a state of chaos this year, basking in the joy of Christmas felt like the last thing I wanted to do. 

It didn’t feel like I had anything to look forward to or find hope in. 

I would no longer be opening presents with my extended family. I wouldn’t be laughing and enjoying delicious food with them. 

Instead, I went along with the motions in order to not disappoint the ones who counted on me. Inside, I felt hopeless because the anticipation of what Christmas used to look like would no longer take place. 

In my despair, I realized that I had turned my attention away from anticipating what Christmas is really about—the birth of Jesus—to the unforeseen circumstances in front of me. 

When we focus on what his birth meant and what it put into motion, we can experience freedom and live in victory over hopelessness. 

Circumstances that are out of our control can shift our focus and make us feel out of sorts, but we must stay diligent like the wise men—focusing on Jesus. 

They knew of the prophecy of the coming Messiah, knowing that he would change everything. We see this in Matthew 2:5-6 (NIV): “…for this is what the prophet has written: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

His birth meant the redemption of the world.

His love being poured out to us.

Generations and generations restored. 

Chains of bondage being broken. 

Burdens being lifted.  

It set us free. 

The pain and hurt in our hearts being met by his love.

When we focus on what his birth meant and what it put into motion, we can experience freedom and live in victory over hopelessness. 

The promise of what was to come had altered the mindsets of the wise men to be ready. They prepared with gifts and looked for the star. 

They kept their eyes open and were ready to worship. We see this in Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV): “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’” 

When our hearts are like the wise men, nothing can throw us off from knowing what the birth of Jesus means for us personally, as well as for mankind. 

Even when our circumstances change what we thought Christmas was supposed to look like, we can still feel hopeful. 

When we turn our attention to Jesus and what Christmas day really signifies, our hearts can let go of the hopeless feelings.

Tragedy and heartache don’t have to rule our hearts anymore. When we focus on him and his birth, our hope is restored. 

It’s the real reason for the season.

Like the wise men, keep your eyes turned toward anticipation of him and what he did for you by coming down to earth as a baby.

 

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Nikki Evanson

Hi, I'm Nikki

My goal is to help and equip Christian women like you to live for Jesus by following Matthew 22:37-39: to love God, to love yourself, and to love others.

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