The Hope Of Christmas

Let me start us off with a fun fact I came across, ” Between Thanksgiving and New Years’, most people get stressed and resort to binging on desserts, in any case, the word ‘stressed’ spelled backward reads ‘desserts” I mean how true is that! Even way beyond Thanksgiving to New Years’, there is always a tendency to binge on dessert when stressed! They provide so much calm and comfort but do great harm to our bodies.

Christmas is around the corner and I cannot ignore the fact that 2020 has been a different kind of year. It actually feels so compressed! There has been and there still is lock-down in different countries across the globe, a different way of greeting one another, or even relating with each other, it goes without say that we cannot compare how we relate now versus how we related before COVID-19; far out! By the way, are you travelling for a get-together with your family? I desire to hug my family and friends without feeling scared or being extra careful. Oh God please, take us back there!

One thing to be grateful about in the midst of this crisis is the fact that we are alive. As long as you and I have life, we have hope!

I love what the scripture says in Job 14:7-9, New King James Version,

“For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, And its stump may die in the ground, Yet at the scent of water, it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant.”

At the scent of water, the tree sprouts! We have Christ, our living water and with Him, there is hope and we draw strength from His Word! We are alive friends! This is worth celebrating about. Allow me to conclude this write-up with a short story I came across from the Daily Bread, 1991;

It was in December of 1903, that after many attempts, the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were successful in getting their “flying machine” off the ground and into the air at Kitty Hawk. Thrilled over the accomplishment, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: “We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas.” Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced at it and said, “How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas.”

The editor missed the history-making news! It was not about coming home for Christmas really, but more of flying 120ft off the ground finally! Many of us, especially this year, as we near Christmas day, have clouded our minds with worry and doubt, and like that local newspaper editor, we miss the history-making event behind Christmas and focus on the ‘shoulds’ and ‘should haves’ of this very different year!

First and foremost God loved us too much that he gifted us a Savior, His one and only son! That is the Hope of Christmas. It might look bleak and hopeless, but there is hope and that hope is Christ, the reason for the season!

Have a blessed week ahead!

’tis the season to be jolly!

God loved us too much that he gifted us a Savior, His one and only son! That is the Hope of Christmas.

Below I have linked Jj Hellers’ song, The Perfect Gift. Enjoy!

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