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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  – Romans 15:13

Most of us get excited about the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays. Everything from shopping for the perfect gifts, finding or making awesome and unique decorations, hosting and attending the most fabulous Christmas parties, spending time with loved ones, to receiving that extra special Christmas present. We are all about enjoying the Ho Ho Ho and shaking our Jingle Bells all the way to our Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

For some, the holiday season is not wrapped up in merriment and joy and is often a very bleak and dreary time.  In today’s economy, it could be a meager Christmas due to a parent or both parents loss of work, disharmonies and poor dynamics within families, living alone, finances that don’t allow families to travel to spend time with their loved ones, the loss of loved ones, or numerous other reasons.  When this happens, most people often give up hope.

Hope is a confident expectation.  A firm assurance that all will be well.  In spite of our circumstances, when Christ lives in us, we can enjoy every day of our life for Galatians 2:20 says that “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me”.  Therefore, we need to:

  • Hope in the uncertainty
  • Hope in pain
  • Hope in grief
  • Hope in sickness
  • Hope in despair
  • Hope in loneliness
  • Hope in financial woes
  • Hope in unemployment
  • Hope in hurt
  • Hope in sorrow
  • Hope through our tears
  • Hope through our concerns
  • Hope through our fears
  • Hope through life

Hope always…

Without hope, we have nothing.  As Hebrews 10:23 states – Let us hold fast to hope…for He who promised is faithful.

Serve as an ambassador of hope this Christmas season.   Share this precious gift and be a blessing to others.  Minister to someone in need, give a word of encouragement, plant a seed of faith, share a smile or lend a hand.

Spread the joy of hope!