It's hard to believe that Christmas is less than one month away!
I have no idea where the time went!
For me, Christmas brings peace, hope and joy because of what happened at that time over two thousand years ago, the arrival of a Savior, Jesus Christ.
However, this time of year doesn't bring peace or joy for a lot of people.
It seems our world is in greater turmoil than ever before.
People are more anxious, worried, and depressed.
Sometimes the circumstances and difficulties in our lives can take us to a very dark place.
I recently read a story on Facebook about a beautiful mother who took her life as a result of post-partum depression.
This is a form of depression brought on after the birth of a baby.
I can't even imagine the loss felt but I do know the pain that woman was enduring and how it took everything to live when I was fighting PPD as a new mom.
When you are in the eye of the storm of pain, it's hard to find hope, joy or peace.
It takes everything you have to make it through the next five minutes, then the next five, then the next five.
It breaks my heart to hear of so many people in our world be in pain.
Within my own difficulties, it's hard not to let the pain be a crutch even though I want it to stop.
Often stopping it means going for a walk, talking to a friend, asking for prayer, or listening to music.
There is something about music and its words that are transformational.
I have had difficult circumstances change in an instant because of a song.
I mean THAT song. The one that is like a hand pulling you out of the emotional quicksand you, somehow, stepped into.
I think there is something to be said for the billion dollar music industry.
Music has the power to soothe, shake and save.
For me, Christian music and the hope the lyrics possess save me every time even when they may bring me to tears.
There is a song that has been playing on the radio almost every time I get into my car.
I call that a God-incident because I don't believe in coincidence.
It's a song that reminds me of how far I have come and who I am.
It also reminds me of the One, God, who saved my life.
Sometimes I wake up in the morning with some of the lyrics playing in my head!
I'd like to share some of those lyrics:
In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
And in the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm
Encouragement for the week:
I know you're hurting and that it feels like the pain won't stop.
Can I encourage you to find that one song...you know the one, that changes things when you listen to it.
That changes you, for the better.
That makes your heart feel lighter and pretty soon you are singing along even though tears are streaming down your face.
Whether it is a mainstream song or Christian song.
Play it. Play it LOUD. Play it again and again and again until the hurt subsides and you feel some relief.
Let it surround you and immerse you in peace.
You are loved.