Sitting and watching Home Alone last night with my family, my youngest whispers, “Hey, Mom, you should write a devotional about this. Ya’ know, how God never leaves us behind.” And I smile thankful that this kid knows the very character of the God who came for him.
Home Alone, the movie about a child whose family travels to Paris without him, unintentionally forgetting him, seems almost magical. The boy does all kinds of amazing things he was forbidden by his parents. He delights in breaking the rules, almost seems to thrive in being independent of those who have grown him. In the end, however, he just wants the love of his family that has accidentally left him behind.
We pause the movie and begin talking about the God who never forgets us, never forsakes us. “Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continuously before me.” (Isaiah 49:15-16, NASB) This is our God!
Two days before Christmas, as we watch a movie about a child left behind, God reminds us that we are His children. He will never forget us or leave us behind – His hands are the proof that we will never be forgotten or forsaken – never. Oh, as we celebrate the babe that was born and laid in a manger, may our hearts be afire with who that babe is – The Messiah, the Light of the World, the Way, the Truth, the Life. On his hands, my name (and your name) is inscribed in His heart. My name – your name – was written with nails on the palms of his hands, a memorial in flesh to never be forgotten.
“for He Himself has said, I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU,” so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?” Hebrews 13:5b-6 NASB
This Christmas, as family and friends gather around the table to break bread and exchange tinsel wrapped packages, may our hearts be filled with the Gift that came as the Babe laid in a manger, and enables us to confidently say He will never leave us nor forsake us.
May your Christmas be filled with the joy that comes only from the Presence of Jesus.