Hurting hearts surround each of us. Hearts do not hurt unless they love. God knows all about the vulnerability of love.
1John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.John went on to say we love because He first loved us. The hurts that come from love echo the heart of God. It melts me to think of the love it took for God to send His very heart to the cauldron of evil that is our world. Because of love the Father sent His beloved into a world coursing toward hell. For love's sake, God willingly endured heartache. More revealing of the nature of love, He sent His Son not 'in power' but in total vulnerability. He sent Him as an infant to a poor family in circumstances that appeared hopeless and even shameful. THAT is the essence of Christmas. THAT is the hope every hurting heart needs: confidence in the Light that overcomes darkness.
When the Father sent the Son, He had counted the costs of vulnerable love and loved anyway. When we share in the fellowship of suffering, we imitate the Father. It is in our darkest times, His light can shine the brightest.
The greatest loves of this world pass away; He who had no beginning has no ending. If your heart is hurting today--if you see a hurting heart--my prayer is that the love and Light that is Christmas will flood your soul.