I love watching cheesy Christmas movies on television. One of my all-time favorites is a made for television movie called Comfort and Joy. Have you seen it? In the movie, Jane is a single gal who is moving up the corporate ladder. She is all fun and no play. Then, one day, she is knocked unconscious in a car accident, and she gets a glimpse of what her life would be like had she chosen a different road. The tagline for the movie is “What if the life you’re living isn’t the one you’re meant to live?”
Have you ever asked yourself that question? I think many people do.
The title for the movie is taken from the lyrics to the Christmas Carol “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”
God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy
Close by today, someone I know is seeking answers. Life lacks meaning and purpose. What if the life they are living is not the one they are meant to live? What if there is more?
In Luke Chapter 1, a simple girl comes face to face with an angel. He tells her the Good News — he gives her a glimpse of a different life ahead. She is forever changed by these tidings of comfort and joy.
And Mary said,
I’m bursting with God-news;
I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
I’m the most fortunate woman on earth! (vs. 46-47, MSG)
Who do you know that needs to hear this Good News? Someone in your circle of influence needs God’s comfort today. Is there a person close by whose life is lacking joy? I am called to share the Good News that dispels dismay. I am a modern-day herald. I must point those who have gone astray to the One who came to set them free from the enemy’s power.
I am praying for God to give me eyes to see that person who needs to hear the glad tidings.
His comfort and joy change everything. This Advent, may I burst with the God-news.
Q4U: How do you plan to share God’s comfort and joy with others this Christmas?