If you have particularly pronounced fears around Christmas time, you aren’t alone. Many people report Christmas fears and Christmas blues.
Why is that? It is, in part, because Holidays are a time when we are told we are supposed to feel happy. There is pressure put on us to be happy.
You hear nostalgic Christmas music everywhere you go. Red and Green price tags show the sales in all your favorite stores. And, best of all Starbucks is now selling their holiday drinks. You can buy a peppermint mocha or a caramel Latte.
But what if I’m not happy? What if I’m alone? Maybe there’s a sense where you get sucked up in the excitement of Christmas, so you feel happy being part of something bigger than yourself. But you fear what will happen when the holiday season ends—and you can no longer buy a peppermint mocha. Or, maybe you think, “I’m happy now, but will I be happy next Christmas? Will I be in a relationship next Christmas? Will my loved ones be with me next Christmas?” Or maybe you remember what Christmas used to be, and you fear dealing with the reality of what is lost.
The passage for this morning, Isaiah 7, address our fears. At one point Isaiah addresses the king and says, “Be careful, be quiet, do not fear” Isaiah could address us with the same message. Be careful, be quiet, do not fear. Why should we not fear? Ultimately it is because there is a promise that a virgin will be with child, and the child will be called “Immanuel,” which means God-with-us. What child is this? This, this is Christ the Lord. Christmas gives us the ultimate reason not to fear because Christmas gives us Christ.
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