The Thrill of Hope: There is Hope in a Baby

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

ISAIAH 9:6

My husband and I had tried for 12 years to have children of our own. The ups and downs of infertility are indescribable. I remember one time even yelling out at God, “You got a virgin pregnant, why can’t I get pregnant?” I grew up in the church and loved God so much, but at some point in our infertility journey, I no longer loved Him. I thought I was doing everything perfectly to get what I wanted from God, but He didn’t love me. I was so consumed with self-pity, not finding hope in Jesus anymore, and so jealous of Jesus’ mother, Mary, that I wanted nothing to do with Christmas.

But, after years of anger, I started to hear God’s gentle voice tugging at my heart, reminding me that Christmas wasn’t about me not having my own baby. It was about another Baby, a very precious Baby, a gift from God that would ultimately wash us of all our sins.

God loves us so much that He gave us His own Son, Jesus, who would bear our burdens, cover us in peace, and serve as our Won- derful Counselor. After I realized that, I started to feel greedy for all those years when I was mad at God for not giving me what I wanted. In reality, He gave me — and you — exactly what we need: life! His Son paid the price as the ultimate sacrifice: not just to save us from our sins, but for us to live. How awesome is that?

I pray that you remember Jesus’ birth, life, and death every day, not just at Christmas. I pray you realize that God loves us so much us that He sacrificed His Son as payment for our sins. That, my friend, is pure love: an everlasting love that endures all things.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we come on bended knee praising You for saving us all with Your Son’s precious life. What a precious gift You gave us. Thank You for continually seeking us, even when we aren’t seeking You. I pray for all those who struggle with remembering and knowing Your great love. I pray a special cover of peace over families struggling with infertility. It’s in Your precious name we pray. Amen.

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