Many of us are nearing the end of our lives. We need the strength to sprint across the finish line to our heavenly home. Some have been given the awesome privilege of having children and making them disciples of Jesus. This vocation requires every ounce of strength that they have, indeed, even more than they have. Many Christians are being persecuted, even martyred. They need strength to withstand the most severe pressure.
Life in Christ requires supernatural strength from the Holy Spirit. The Lord "gives strength to the fainting; for the weak He makes vigor abound" (Is 40:29). "They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles' wings" (Is 40:31). We receive the supernatural strength we need by hoping in the Lord, that is, the Lord Jesus (see 1 Mc 2:61). Paradoxically, we receive Jesus' strength by taking on our shoulders the yoke of the cross (see Mt 11:29). When we become like Simon of Cyrene and take up the cross, we become like Samson in that we receive supernatural strength from the Holy Spirit. We "have strength for everything through Him Who empowers" us (Phil 4:13).
To put Christmas into Christ, to accept Jesus as the Lord of Christmas, we need strength from the Holy Spirit. Hope in the Lord by taking up His cross, and you will receive all the strength you need for a life-changing, world-renewing Christmas.