John 1: 12-13
But those who did welcome him,
those who believed in his name,
he authorized to become God’s children,
born not from blood
nor from human desire or passion,
but born from God.
“SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA’S COMING! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!”— Buddy the Elf
The first time I saw the movie, Elf, my life was not in a good place. In fact, I was so heavily burdened with worry and anxiety that I actually did not even remember seeing the movie when my younger son asked about it a couple of days later. It was a wake-up call for me. A startling reminder that I had let my life become so full of fear that I was no longer functioning as a professional, a parent, a spouse, or a friend. In the midst of that difficult time, I had an experience that I simply cannot put into words, but one which overwhelmed me with a sense of peace. As I had known Jesus in a very personal way for so many years, this was the time to lean into that knowing — to allow myself to trust, not in a particular outcome, but in God’s ability, God’s willingness to make all things “good.” I didn’t have to know what that “good” would look like specifically. I could even allow my worst fears to surface without losing the ability to breathe. Because of the Jesus I had come to know through prayer, through study, and through years of trusting, at my most fragile moment I could trust God — because, through Jesus, I knew a God of steadfast love, a God of mercy and unspeakable grace, a God who would never abandon or betray.
As we look to Jesus as our teacher, our guide, and our model for living, we know You, God. We know of Your steadfast love and abiding presence in our lives, working through all things to bring goodness to fruition. Let us trust You with our whole being, for we know You as we know Jesus. Amen.