TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation;
You have increased its joy; they rejoice before You”
Isaiah 9:2-3 ESV
WALKING IN DARKNESS
Did you know that, in the midst of the destruction of Hurricane Irma in 2017, babies were born? A woman in Coral Springs gave birth to a daughter on her bathroom floor, assisted by her mother until emergency workers arrived. A Miami woman gave birth just hours before 125-mile-per-hour winds hit the city. She named her daughter Nayiri Storm. A Delray Beach couple evacuated to Atlanta, where their son, Nathan, was born, not in his parent’s home state of Florida, but in Georgia. The couple noted that the name “Nathan” means “gift from God.” A woman in the Little Haiti neighborhood in Miami delivered her baby girl herself, with coaching assistance from emergency workers over the telephone. (www.umcdiscipleship.org)
Babies continue to be born even during storms! Jesus was in fact born during a spiritual and political storm. Israel had been under Roman domination for some time. There was a lack of good political leadership and good spiritual leadership. Generations had longed for the birth of their Messiah. Thousands of years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah, predicted Jesus would come and described His coming by saying “people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”
Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus. And often those celebrations involve beautiful decorations, lots of gifts and people we love. Jesus came to give us those celebrations but He also came because all of us have to face the storms of this world. The biggest storm is sin and the destruction it brings. Jesus wasn’t just born for our wonderful Christmas celebrations, He was also born to make a difference in every other day of the year.
What difference can Christmas make in your everyday life? What storms are still on your mind today even though we are celebrating Christmas? Ask God to help you apply the gift of His Son to your storm.