It’s that special time of year when all seems to be right with the world. Folks go out of their way to be charitable to others. Families and friends come together to make up for lost time. And everyone from the oldest among us to the newborn babies is filled with sense of wonder, hope, and a longing for familiar memories. Christmas means a lot of things to different people and it varies with culture and with time, but one thing that remains consistent is the hope and possibility that it brings. I think of what the world was like when Jesus was born. The song says “Silent Night” but, in reality, it was the opposite. The city was packed and full of people who had to pay taxes, nothing nice or hopeful about that. And yet in the middle of all of the chaos, a baby is born, and those that came to see him came with an expectation that now things would be different. Can you imagine the emotions and thoughts that over-whelmed Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, wise men, and Zacharias when they all saw baby Jesus with their own eyes? All of scripture was fulfilled in him and with him was the hope of restoration, reconciliation, and peace that the world so desperately needs. No wonder we still feel that way today. When we stop and think about what God brought to the world with the birth of Jesus it helps us to see the good in everything around us. And it fuels the desire we have for a better tomorrow. I pray that regardless of where you maybe on the path of life, that during this Christmas season God is able to reach you and give you the hope and peace that can only from Him.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Bro. Stephen Walker

 
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