Ann Voskamp writes in her book “The Greatest Gift”, “
The solution to fear is the gift of Christmas. ‘Fear not! For behold!’ We have a Savior. Hasn’t He already unequivocally earned trust? You can take your hands off your life — you don’t have to try to save yourself. Behold Him everywhere and be held.”
The solution to fear is the gift of Christmas.
I read and felt those words deeply this morning; the gift of Christmas to me personally. “Fear not! For behold!” I glanced over at my Christmas tree and there are no presents under it yet. I have a few unwrapped presents in the bedroom. The gifts to come and the gifts that will be shared. I’m remembering how it felt as a child to wake up those mornings just before Christmas and there would be a bunch of presents under the tree that mom had wrapped the night before after I’d gone to bed. Then, when we would open our presents either on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, we had a rule that we opened them one by one around the room so that the joy of unwrapping would last longer. Nobody wanted that part to be rushed through or to end. We didn’t want Christmas to be over.
I don’t want Christmas to be over this year either. I think that is why those words ‘the solution to fear is the gift of Christmas’ meant so much to me. After Christmas is over, I fear ‘what next?’ What do I have to look forward to? There are so many things I could be afraid of in this life if I let myself: the economy, the inevitable losses of everyone I love, the bills that never stop coming, a dreaded health scare, an accident, a natural disaster….it can literally paralyze me. But I (we) have been given the GIFT of Christmas and it is the solution to fear!
I had this visual of being given the most beautifully wrapped package I have ever seen and inside is my Savior! And even though I have this gift every day, some days it feels like it did when I would suddenly see all the presents under the tree that weren’t there the night before. I can unwrap this Gift slowly and make it last a lifetime. I’m so happy that my Christmas gift from Him this year is, “Fear not! For behold!”