All is not calm, all is not bright

why he came

The week of Christmas is anything but calm for most of us. As I was trying to wrap the remaining gifts, I continued breaking up fights from children who are too sugared up from one.more.christmas party, too much electronic time and missing our usual routine – chaotic as it may be, just being out of it causes stress to some personalities.

I kind of laughed as I thought about the phrase from the Christmas carol, “all is calm, all is bright.” And I immediately thought NOTHING IN MY HOUSE IS CALM OR BRIGHT.

But, isn’t that why He came?
Emmanuel: God with us.
He brought HOPE to the hopeless.
He brought PEACE to the chaotic, broken hearts.
He turns our MESS into a MESSAGE to proclaim for His glory.
He truly is the GOOD NEWS the world seeks.

So, as I go about the rest of my CRAZY…I will remember that THIS is WHY He came. This mess, this chaos, these fights, the grumbling, the tears, the heartache, the guilt, the feeling that we will never get it right…and we won’t. HE WILL. And He already has.

And THAT is GOOD NEWS.

Sweet friends, no matter where you are today, Jesus is near. JESUS is the good news our hearts desperately need!! Cling to Him! 

I wasn’t planning to post again before Christmas, but as I was in the midst of frustration and chaos, the Lord gently nudged me to remind me that in this mess?? THIS MESS is exactly why He came!! I thought one of you might need that reminder and encouragement too. Much love, friends! Merry Christmas! 

Author: Candace Crabtree

I'm Candace and I'm grateful you're here. It is my heart's desire to encourage you while you're visiting and remind your heart of the truths of God's Word and the power of HIs love to transform lives. Great is His faithfulness! {Note: this blog does use affiliate links.}

9 thoughts on “All is not calm, all is not bright”

  1. This morning, I woke up feeling defeated and discouraged. As I started breakfast, I prayerfully pleaded with God to help me snap out of this mood. After breakfast, I read my Bible. I’ve been reading and writing Ephesians using your outline. Today, Ephesians 2:14a encouraged me: “For He Himself is our peace,” then I checked my email and read this post. Thank you for acting on the Lord’s nudging! It was more affirmation of His faithfulness to me. May you have a Merry Christmas!

  2. This couldn’t have come at a better time…I’m at work and during this busy time of the year my girls and I are in the midst of moving…its chaos, and my daughter and her boyfriend and my grandson are coming this afternoon…all 3 girls together will warm my heart and test my patience – all at the same time. Just before I read this, my younger 2 girls are texting me, fighting…..but those agitated fighting beautiful girls are my wonderful precious gifts from God. All the bickering, all the frustrations, all the chaos is beautiful because of who they are…who I am…who we belong to!! Thank you for this reminder! Merry Christmas!!

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