But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” -Luke 2:10-12 (NASB)

During this Christmas season, life–and death–go on. And when you mourn the passing of a loved one, or are going through pain that others can’t see, the material trappings and happiness of Christmas seem to be magnified.

There’s a lighthearted song called Christmas Comes But Once A Year where the singer goes:

It’ll take the next six months to pay my bills
And when I think about it, it gives me chills
But I don’t care, ’cause Christmas comes but once a year

Cute. But, it’s not about commercialism or going broke getting toys and gifts for everyone.

The greatest gift ever given to this world was Jesus. He was the baby sent to forgive us for our sins and make a way for us to eternally be with our father.

So if you’re mourning the passing of a loved one, know that they have received His free gift to be with Him in Heaven. If you’re enduring pain in this world, know that He has endured all of it before you, and has made a way for you, too, to partake in His gift, so that you may also live with Him for eternity.

There is no greater gift. Thank you, Jesus.

Today’s soundtrack

“What Christmas Means To Me” as sung on Praise Baby: Joy to the World celebrates the greatest gift ever.