Hope For Christmas – A Tradition
It’s busy around this time of year. There are cookies to be made. Carols to be sung. Lights to be strung. Ornaments to be hung. Shopping and shipping to be done. So much to do as we celebrate. We go through these days mindlessly as victims of habits. We struggle to be present while we scour stores and stand in lines to purchase presents for others. I suggest you stop, you breathe.
Inhale – Exhale
This is what it’s all about:
A dew days shy of Christmas day, I hope you experience the present of God’s presence. Christ came near. There is hope for you in the midst of hopeless situations. Christ is here. You are not alone. This miracle of His birth among sheep and shepherds is testament that there is treasure also for those in lowly places. He chose to include in his plan all who were once excluded. Christ can meet you right where you are. This Christmas, His presence in our very present brings light to the darkest of nights. Where joy seems respite and there is little comfort, His light in you is powerful enough to drive out darkness. His light in you is what many need to find their way again. Give Hope for Christmas.
DO NOT PUT YOUR LIGHT OUT
So make those cookies, sing those carols. string those lights and hang those ornaments. Get your shopping and shipping done. Enjoy those beautiful times with your family. Drink the eggnog and take those family pictures but do not forget to inhale. Inhale the very aroma of not just the meals before you but the essence of Christ himself.
Christ has come. Christ is here. Christ is coming. Christ is near.
And, If you are unable to do any of the things above –
Do this 1 thing:
Christ in you is the very HOPE of glory.
Receive the gift of hope this season and give this gift to those without it. Be an agent of Jesus’ love.
I know this guy called Terence who has chosen to sacrifice this Christmas season with his family to help bring hope to those who many many deem to be hopeless. He has decided to spend 30 days on top of a bus in the midst of the cold weather to highlight the plight of those faced with homelessness and their need for dignity.
Read his story here. Terence’s acts of hope tell of a mystery revealed.
It’s a mystery revealed one dark cold night somewhere in Bethlehem over 2000 year ago.
This mystery revealed is Christ himself who brings good news of great joy.
It gives us Hope for Christmas…for tomorrow….for next week and ten years from now and even beyond.
It gives hope when the tree is void of gifts and the families return to their homes; some to their final resting places. It still is true when your home no longer smells like peppermints and freshly baked cookies only camphor balls and the kids are grown and no longer want to celebrate. When you hair is old and gray and the memories begin to fade, there is still hope.
May Christ’s presence be present in every aspect of your life this season and for all time.
Keep This Tradition of Hope Alive