The Hope of Christmas
I love that the Christmas Season begins after a day of Thanksgiving. What better way to prepare our hearts for the welcoming of the Christ Child who has come to earth to make a way for humanity to be restored. “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; His love endures forever.” (107:1)
This year has brought the world much unrest, divisiveness, trials and tribulation. In truth, that has been the story of man since the beginning. The Hope of Christmas is the only answer. Jesus came that we might have life, and life more abundantly. It doesn’t mean we will not have heartache or heartbreak, sickness, misery, discouragement, disappointment and separation from loved ones. What it means is that He will be with us through it all. What it means is we are never alone. What it means is this is not all there is.
In reading through the Psalms this year, it has been encouraging to see the anguish and yet the thanksgiving in the midst of life uncertainties in ages past. There is encouragement and hope knowing the same God who was with David, and so many others in times past, is the same God who watches over us and walks with us today. Psalms reminds us: “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) and “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)
In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)
Take hope, look up, fix your eyes on Jesus and know that you are never alone. I am reminded of Ephesians 6 which tells us to put on the full armor of God and in The Message says: “God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”
Celebrate the Hope of Christmas! “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11) “She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” (Matt 1:21)
Take Hope in this Season of Christmas and remember the promises of God.
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