Life is difficult. You and I know it to be true. Christmas can be difficult. Even life in which a person strives diligently to be kind, helpful, and close to God includes difficulty. For example,
God walked and talked with Adam and Eve. After sin came in their hearts, God was still God, but life was difficult.
Abraham was the only person in scripture specifically called God’s friend. Hand picked to bring God’s blessing into the world. Still, life was difficult. He waited 25 years for the promised child of his to be born. (He was 100)
Moses, raised in a palace! Riding stretch camels! But you know the story of the wilderness. Deliverence from Egypt, but lots of hot sand. Life is difficult. And God is a realist. But the God follower has something extra, God’s presence in the difficulty.