Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:4-6

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
    it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
    a punishment for his own sins!
 But he was pierced for our rebellion,
    crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
    He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
    We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
    the sins of us all.

Isaiah

This Christmas will be my first on earth without my mom. My mother passed away last month from heartache. She succumbed to her relentless pain. She gave her weaknesses to the Lord so many times: but this time He took her home. These ancient words written by Isaiah remind us not to allow our sorrows to weigh us down. We are called to cast our sorrows on Him. That was His purpose coming to earth; to carry our weaknesses. He was pierced, crushed, and beaten so that we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

Allow him to carry you this holiday season. There will be good days and overwhelming days. Set your expectations low and cast your worries on to Him. He’s got this. He’s got you.

Nativity Fast

How is the fasting going? Are things getting more difficult? My husband said yesterday, “want to split a caramel candy for dessert?” I looked at the package, and darn it, there was palm oil. We need snacks. I need snacks. There is a company that makes oil free snack bars made from only cashews and dates. It’s not bad. I bought two bars on the way out of work yesterday. Keep your focus on the goal; preparing your heart and soul for the most beautiful gift ever given to mankind. Think of His miraculous gift allowing it to give perspective to your sacrifice.