The Present Our Heart Truly Longs For

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The Present We All Long For

This year my wife and I have limited our gift giving to just one present each. I’m a sucker for presents so it’s hard to think of just one thing that could fit inside one box.

I wonder if you’ve ever experienced something in your life, maybe around Christmas time or a birthday, and what you really needed just couldn’t fit inside of a box. Perhaps your best friend moved away or you lost your job or maybe you got some bad news from the doctor. I wonder if you’ve ever had an experience where what you really needed just couldn’t fit inside a box.

I have.

In 2014 my wife and I were trying to have a baby. My wife fell pregnant and we got so excited that we started telling our family and our friends. We thought about names, pictured the baby’s face, and started planning the baby’s room. Then 12 weeks into the pregnancy my wife started experiencing a strange pain in her stomach so we rushed ourselves off to the hospital. At about 2 in the morning we got the news that we had lost our baby. It was heartbreaking.

Our friends wrote us encouraging cards, brought us food and even delivered us flowers. It was a really special experience that we’re forever grateful for. Although, what we realized very quickly is that you can’t fit hope inside of a box. You can’t fit joy inside of a box. You can’t fit peace inside of a box.

The Gift Waiting to Be Received

I think most of us have felt like that at some point in time. We’ve had an experience that has brought about a deep need that just couldn’t be met by a trip to Myer or Rundle Mall. Do you know that feeling? Do you know that feeling when your desire runs deeper than that which you can hold in your hands? What do you do?

One day I was reading my bible and saw it written, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given… and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

This passage reminds me of two profound truths about the heart of God. Firstly, the child Jesus was born for us. He did not come to war against me. He is not distant from me, but he has actually come to the world so that I might know the depth of the Father’s love. Secondly, in Jesus, we are able to find true peace. This peace is better than money, a job or even good health. It is a peace that prevails even in the midst of real pain, even the pain of losing a child.

Lasting Peace this Christmas

I think we all know the reality that joy and peace can’t be found in a box. God’s Word is the only word that has revealed a peace that will not pass away. This peace is not temporary nor reserved for the religiously elite. God’s word reveals that true peace came in the form of a baby, who grew into a man, and that man said, “come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest!” (Matt 11:28)

This is the saviour that has come. If you don’t know the gift of Jesus this Christmas then know that Christians believe that this season is for remembering that He has made the first move towards us. He did this so that you might begin to experience, right now, everlasting peace. That’s the kind of gift our heart needs receiving this Christmas

Pastor Carl