Once Upon a Time…isn’t that how all fairy tales begin? Well at least all of the good ones? This story does too, but I have a secret, you see, this story isn’t a fairy tale. Well not truly for all of it is based on fact and all fairy tales are based on fiction, that is except this one. Maybe that is why it is the most wonderful fairy tale of all time.
It goes something like this…
Once Upon a Time in a land so distant called Jerusalem a tiny baby was born in circumstances so low and in a time so desperate that all of the world quietly watched for Him. For you see, He was their king, the one prophesied to save them all. This tiny baby was God’s son, and not how you and I and all mankind are God’s sons and daughters, but in the flesh and blood the Only Begotten. And although there were a few, very select few that knew and watched and recognized the signs of His birth the heaven’s knew and the angels rejoiced.
But what they didn’t understand, was although He didn’t ride in on a flaming chariot and although He wasn’t raised in golden courts and spectacular castles, He really was the King, the very son of God come to save them all, not with a flaming sword and wild armies, but with peace and kindness and redemption that only He could bring, and that only He can still bring. Raised from the dead three days past, resurrected so that someday we might be, and bearing and feeling, understanding all of our sins, weaknesses, and heartaches. Was it any wonder the heavens sang on the night that He was born?
I have had a whole lifetime really to contemplate just what that means to me and for me and it is impossible to put into words and impossible for me to understand how they could reject Him then and how our world can reject Him now. How can the very being that brings peace, that is peace, not be the very thing that the whole world would strive to believe? How can we reject Him still?
I’ve had time as of late to feel His love and to see His blessings in my life and my heart has been filled with love and with peace and I wish I could give this to all. But how can you when you don’t quite understand it yourself?
I’ve known of a few friends and neighbors who have felt the pain of loneliness or disappointment this Holiday Season and although I want to say that I understand, I know in reality that I don’t and I have no idea how to sooth their pain. But I know of one who knows it all, who has felt it all. He’s that king from that perfect fairy tale. He came to this world just for that, to understand every emotion, joy or sadness, that we would ever feel. He came to be the Great Healer, the Lonely Man’s King, the Bringer of Peace and the Savior of All. He is God’s son and He knows when no one else might, and He listens when no one else can hear, and He will bring peace when the rest may pass you by, because He loves you like no one else can. Because every fairy tale, fictional or true, ends with one great phrase no matter the pain or the circumstances that may have come along the way…And They Lived Happily Ever After.
Christ is our Happily Ever After.