Christmas a Season of Hope

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Our Hope is
Jesus!
With all the tragedy around us, it can become
easy to have our focus change. Some things do not seem to make
sense. Hope can be easily lost. We can become weary with the true
reality of how the world is. That is what can happen when we see
injustice close at hand. The reality is injustice always exists. We
don’t always experience it so close to home. Unfortunately, some
people live with it everyday. God tells us to “not be surprised”.
He reminds us that He is sovereign and just. The awareness of His
glory will be revealed in spite of it all. Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you
see in a province the poor oppressed and justice and right
violently taken away, do not be amazed at the matter; for the high
official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over
them. Matthew 24:12-14 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love
of many will grow cold. But those who endure to the end will be
saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached
throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and
then, finally, the end will come. Habakkuk 2:14 For the time will
come when all the earth will be filled, as the waters fill the sea,
with an awareness of the glory of the LORD. These are the times
that we need to be reminded of our Hope in Christ. What better
season, but Christmas to remind us of just that! Jesus knows about
violence and suffering first hand. His purpose of becoming man was
for those who suffer. What better time to invite Jesus to come into
and share in our suffering in order to bring hope restoration and
peace. Now is the time to be reminded how God calls us to be the
hope of Glory, His salt and light! Isaiah 60:1-2 Arise, shine; for
your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the
peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be
seen upon you Colossians 1:27 To them God chose to make known how
great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this
mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Matthew 5:13-16
You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how
shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything
except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men. “You are the
light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men
light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it
gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your
Father who is in heaven. The fact is that Jesus loves the little
children. He is close to those who grieve, and suffer oppression.
He is our real source of comfort and hope! Matthew 19:14 but Jesus
said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to
such belongs the kingdom of heaven. “Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near
to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. As we
prepare for the celebration of the birth of our Savior. Let us be
drawn near to the true meaning of Christmas. The birth of the one
sent to save us all! The real gift of Christmas is the one who set
us free, so that we could spread that gift to others and give Him
all the glory! Isaiah 9:2-4 The people who walked in darkness have
seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on
them has light shined. Thou hast multiplied the nation, thou hast
increased its joy; they rejoice before thee as with joy at the
harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of
his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his
oppressor, thou hast broken as on the day of Mid’ian. Isaiah 9:6-7a
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government
will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called “Wonderful
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Of the
increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon
the throne of David, and over his kingdom, to establish it, and to
uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth
and for evermore. Many Blessings to you and your families during
this Christmas Season! Jennie

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