What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future.  It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.  –Agnes M. Pharo

Have you noticed that Christmas letters and greetings this year are more focused on what Christmas is all about than ever before? Here’s just one example from Susan and Mike:

As we near the end of 2020, a year filled with challenges, questions and doubts, let us look forward to Christmas–the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. 

It is this same Jesus, born in a manger, who willingly went to the cross for our sins, rose again and today is praying for us.

I don’t know about you, but prior to 2020, such a Christ-centered Christmas letter would have been almost unheard of in my world. Things have changed, haven’t they?

Scripture

John 16:33: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Application

The trials and sorrows of 2020 have changed us. And that’s not all bad. I think most would agree that we needed changing. But take heart. Because Jesus offers peace to all who believe.

Prayer

So this Christmas and in 2021, I pray that He will quiet you with His peace, comfort you with His presence, and bless you with His everlasting love. Amen (prayer stolen almost word-for-word from that very same Christmas letter–thanks Susan & Mike!)

Music, anyone?

Click below to hear what’s playing again at my house:

  

Merry Christmas

from Susan, Mike & Mary

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