Tis the season for Christmas stories to portray happy families and for Christmas movies to mend broken hearts in ninety minutes—if you take out the commercials for gifts that will satisfy our deepest longings. I knew the stories and movies and advertisements were fantasy but what about friends’ Christmas cards and letters of bliss?
Along the way, I learned that any person or family too good to be true was too good to be true.
Certain friends, acquaintances and leaders seemed faultless. It was heart-breaking to learn of their hidden pain and struggles, and yes, great flaws. I had no idea. It gave me perspective when I was tempted to wonder why others had it so easy. They didn’t.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”Romans 3:28 (ESV)
Our brokenness is why we celebrate the birth of a Savior. Jesus’s perfect life and subsequent death in our place is the only news this season that is both too good and too true.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 (ESV)