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Friday, 25 December 2020
Christmas Reflections

Christmas Thoughts


This is the time of year when lights go on houses and in yards all around us. For many of us this reminds us of the Light of the World, the Word Who became flesh that we might see His glory (John 1).  Much like the shepherds, we are drawn to a stable and as we gather around that stable, we see a manger, a mother, a father and some animals.  We come with anticipation to see what’s in the manger.  After a year like we’ve just had, we hope it’s something good.  But, as we look into the manger, it appears empty except for a little glow left behind by whatever or whoever was in it.  As we stare at that glow, we are drawn in and see a bloodied cross pointing up and we feel hope. 

We’ve been here many times before because once a year we seem to find ourselves looking into this same manger.  We may reflect on the last year and think that the hope we had last year did not seem to be fulfilled the way we thought.  Then our eyes turn to this next year and we wonder, “Lord, what is in store for us this year?  This last year brought unexpected difficulties, loss of loved ones for some, serious illness for others, loss of jobs, loss of homes, and the list could go on.  What do You have for us in the next year?”  We hear the words, “My peace I leave with you, not the kind of peace the world promises and doesn’t give.  My peace is real and it is a peace rooted and growing in My love for you.   Remember, I know the plans I have for you.  They are plans of hope and a future.  I have already prepared a place for you in My Father’s house so you can be there with Me.  In the meantime, remember I have overcome the world, sin, and death.  I promised I would be with you always.  Don’t fear this next year or any year after that as long as I tarry.  I AM your Hope!”

So, this new day is a day filled with the promises of a resurrected and ascended Lord Who is sitting on His throne and has reigned and will reign throughout eternity.  His love for us encourages us to go into the future with eager expectations of what He is going to do ln us and through us this next year.  His promise is that as we draw close to Him, He draws close to us.  His Spirit dwells with us to give us all we need to run the race with endurance.  Tribulations and trials will still come.  I am reminded that Daniel faced lions without fear and came out to God’s glory; three men were thrown into a fiery furnace without fear and found only their bonds were burned away; Peter was able to walk on water as long as he stayed focused on Jesus. 

Posted on 12/25/2020 9:35 AM by Bob Licht
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