This holiday season I want you to think of the word hope. What is hope?
Hope is trust.
Hope is joy.
Hope is peace.
Hope gives us courage and strength.
As we wrap of 2020 many of us have felt hopeless and fearful. We have all lived through a pandemic, riots, stock market crashes, wildfires, ice storms, job losses, and a presidential election. Then add in the fact we all love someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. We may not know where they are, wonder if they will ever find recovery, or if they will relapse. We are overwhelmed by the chaos around us.
I can only imagine the chaos going on around Jesus’ birth, it definitely was not a silent night like we sing about on Christmas Eve. But, HOPE was found that night.
Many times we put all our hope in our spouse, child, parent, friend, co-worker, and we are continually let down by them. We must shift that hope to the hope of Christ.
This Christmas season, I encourage you to cling to the HOPE of the birth of Jesus.
Hope in God’s promises.
Hope in our Savior.
Hope in the peace and stillness of the night.
Hope for tomorrow.
“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’” Luke 2:10-11 ESV
I encourage you to reflect on 2020 and the HOPE that was found this year.