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  • Writer's pictureKandi Swift

'Tis the Season

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13, ESV

Welcome to the season we call Christmas! I know this year has been a different and challenging kind of year and as we approach the holidays, families are trying to plan on if or how they will be able to safely spend time together. Many have spent almost a full year in isolation and as it continues, they will be spending the holidays alone as well. This isn’t our typical Christmas season and it caused me to stop and really think about those who are hurting and alone. The thought of it saddens my heart. As believers, we know we are truly never alone because we have the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, who never leaves or forsakes us. However, we can’t deny the fact that we aren’t exempt from ever experiencing those feelings or emotions. The difference is we have a Savior we can call on when we do.


This is the season to celebrate the birth of Christ, the One who came into this world to bring us eternal hope. Whether we’re together or alone, our hope is in Christ. I want to encourage you today that if you are feeling isolated or alone, to remember where your hope comes from. Take some time to pray and spend time with Him. He promises that He is always with us. If you know of someone that may be spending the holidays by themselves, be intentional to reach out to them in some way. Sometimes a phone call is enough, sometimes they may need to see your face. Technology is a great tool that allows us to make video calls. If they are local, maybe consider driving by and visiting through the window for a few minutes. Finally, if you don’t know Christ, the hope of glory, I would like to introduce you to Him. Please click on ‘Resources’ and the link How Can I Be Saved, for more information. You may also submit a request for prayer if you would like our prayer team to support you in prayer.


Whatever it takes, spread the message of hope and love because that’s what this season is really all about. Merry Christmas!


Scriptures

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21, ESV


“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6, ESV


“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11, ESV


Prayer:

Today, I pray for those that may be hurting or lonely that they may receive the hope that is found in You. I thank you for the gift of your Son you gave to the world that we would be redeemed and have everlasting hope. May we experience Your love and peace during this season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

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