I was thinking recently of a Christmas eight years ago and the miracle that happened then. As often happens around Christmastime for me, I’m reminded of past Christmases and more often than not, it’s of some painful memory … memories when family members had Christmas Eve hangovers on Christmas day and how as a child I wished more than anything for our family to be together and loving towards one another.
For years after I left home, I would cry out to God to intervene in my brothers’ lives and so eight Christmases ago I found myself doing the same thing at our small church in Czech. I got up and shared about how Christmastime was not always pleasant in our home growing up and as I shared, the tears began rolling down my face. What I didn’t know at the time was that we had a young gal who was home for the holidays visiting her mom and siblings. Her father had left them years ago and she could relate to my pain. By the end of our simple service, she had given her life to Jesus! Hallelujah!
God gave us the greatest miracle that first Christmas when He sent His Son as a baby into the world. And the world has never been the same.
Years later after that Christmas when our young friend gave her life to Jesus, my own brothers also committed their lives to God. It took a much longer time than I had wanted – but God makes all things beautiful in His time.
So this Christmas, I’m encouraged to once again to pray for a miracle – because I know that the God who became flesh and entered our dark world to save us from our sins is the same God who can and will do the impossible today.
The other night at our home group, we wrote down the miracles that we needed in our lives on a piece of paper and we burned them in the fireplace as our prayer offering. Already, we’re beginning to see God answer our prayers.
He is a faithful and loving Father who loves to give His children, and just as our own kids make their Christmas wishes known, I know He wants to hear from us. Dear friend, are you in need of a Christmas miracle? Why not ask Him today? He loves you. He really loves you.