In a world that seems to be able to access anything at any time, there seems to be one commodity that so many people lack. Hope.
A constant stream of news about wars, natural disasters, inflation, and the cost of living can cause a sense of hopelessness to erode our expectation for the future. For many families, this Christmas season can look bleak.
Turn your thoughts to the first Christmas, to a baby born in unimpressive surroundings in a nondescript town called Bethlehem. Life was tough under the oppression of Roman occupation and heavy taxes. In such dark times came a message of good news that continues to bring great joy to all humanity.
Every year we celebrate Christmas by feasting with family and friends, and giving gifts to those we love. Yet may we remember that the spirit of Christmas goes beyond the circumstances we find ourselves in.
The greatest gift of all is the reason for the season: an expression of the extravagant love of God, given to mankind with the expressed desire of bringing them hope. God gave us His Son.
The message of Christmas is simple: Hope has a name – and that name is Jesus.
The Bible reminds us of this truth. ‘In His name the nations will put their hope.’ (Matthew 12:21 NIV)
Our prayer for the people of our community this year is that, in the midst of an ever-changing, sometimes chaotic world, hearts will open to receive the hope in Jesus. May His hope fill you with love, joy and peace this Christmas.
[Released 2 December 2022]