Holding On During the Holidays

Holding On During the Holidays
By Kimberly Sowell

I savored one of the sweetest moments of a mother's life as John Mark nestled his head in the crook of my arm and I fed my precious newborn son. The lights were low as I sang softly in his ear. John Mark's hand brushed mine, and he grabbed my finger tightly. How precious, I thought; My son is clinging to me for comfort and security. How I have longed for all of my children to know from their early moments of life that they could count on me to guide them as much as Holy God would allow me to be His instrument! But then, a realistic thought occurred to me. Had John Mark's fingers brushed up against a blanket, or a crayon, or even a French fry, he would have clung to any of these things. He is still learning through his senses, and he is willing to grab onto anything offered to him, whether good or bad, soothing or even dangerous.

What about you? For many women, the Christmas season can feel like a lonely or depressing time. What will you cling to for comfort and security? When you feel down or desperate, will you grab onto the first thing that comes along?

The writer of Hebrews encourages us: Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Heb. 10:23 NKJV). The Greek word for confession means to acknowledge the truth, stemming from the verb which literally means "to speak the same thing." Whatever God has said in His Word, we can say the same thing and know that it's true. We can cling to the truth, saying without wavering that we believe that all things are just as God has said - for past, present and future - because God is as good as His Word. Holding fast to our confession is vital to our witness, whether we are testifying of God as our Sustainer, our Defender, or our Savior.

When circumstances look bleak, we may feel tempted to search for a person to help or protect us, but Psalm 108:12 says, Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless(NKJV). Instead of settling for a false sense of security, repeat God's promises of protection and know they are true.

When we feel down on ourselves and need affirmation, we may feel tempted to turn to a man, or a lifestyle, a credit card, or even good works to help us feel good about ourselves. Instead, cling to God's terms of endearment toward you: "I have loved you with an everlasting love" (Jer. 31:3 NKJV). As you walk through each moment of the Christmas season, may you find your hand in His.