Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | December 21, 2018

Missing One

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). Matthew 1:23 (ESV)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer It’s the most wonderful time of the year…….. The holidays are amazing. Love caroling, wrapping, baking, visiting family, sipping on my fave hot chocolate and snow makes it even better. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Ever find yourself right in the midst of everyone’s most wonderful but yours is not? Remember those moments of Christmas past when smiling was forced and tears flowed easily. Perhaps you have been there too! Maybe you’re there this year. Navigating through the store enduring the sights and sounds of everyone’s joy except your own. Facing the dread of another day while missing one.

2018 ushered in a missing one – my sweet friend, Jane is now living in the presence of Jesus. She’s experiencing the most wonderful time of her life. Cancer-free, pain-free, overwhelmed by the love of God and I imagine in great anticipation of her first celebration of Christ’s birth in Heaven. Totally different than this time last year when the shadow of death loomed large. And to be honest, I’m totally ecstatic for my friend yet my heart is still missing one.

Over 2,000 years ago, in the most wonderful place of all, a sacrificial decision was made. A redemptive plan unfolded as the cries of an infant filled the air. And for thirty-three years missing One would resound throughout Heaven. Wonder what it was like for Christ to be here and not there? Isaiah’s words remind us that He (Christ) was acquainted with all our sorrows (Isaiah 53:3). Was He missing One who sent Him to this world?

God, who gave His only Son, knows exactly how we feel when missing One. We are never alone in our grief and sorrow. So this year when an empty chair leaves us missing, when the silence of their voice welcomes tears, when the most wonderful time of the year seems more than we can bear – God is there. Right in the midst of our wanting the missing One, we can cling to His comfort and promises – Immanuel is with us.

“Father, Your presence is really all that we need. Fill our empty places with sweet reminders of who You are – our constant companion.

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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