I was sitting in an otherwise quiet house listening to some Christmas music and enjoying the soft glow coming from the tree. As I looked around, I saw a bunch of “stuff” that makes up what we may call “Christmas.” Lights, angels, ornaments, gifts under the tree, candles, etc.
Almost on cue, a very nontraditional song came on – it spoke nothing about a baby, shepherds, or a manger. Instead, it asked very thought-provoking questions, and the recording group placed it on their Christmas CD for a reason.
If my whole world was swept away,
Would You be enough for me?
Would my broken heart still sing?
If I lost it all, would my hands stay lifted,
to the God who gives and takes away?
If You take it all, this life You’ve given,
Still my heart will sing to You.
As I considered the words, I wondered what my response would be. If God allowed everything – and everyone – near and dear to me to be removed for some reason, would He be enough? Would I continue to lift my hands in praise to Him?
While it’s almost unimaginable to consider, it might be a good exercise to mentally remove everything else and remember that the lone gift that matters this Christmas is the one that only He could make possible – our salvation. If we had nothing, or no one else in this lifetime, it wouldn’t diminish His gifts of forgiveness and the hope of eternity in heaven.
He loves us, forgives us, and will never leave us – He is enough. Rejoice in that this Christmas! –Dave
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).
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