In Others’ Words: Looking for the Hope of Christmas
A thought on writing this blog, several hours after I’d already scheduled it: I realize I’ve started a conversation on looking for hope the same evening that we’ve all been watching the news reports of the San Bernardino Shooting. Less than a week after my community of Colorado Springs reeled from the shock of a man, now dubbed The Black Friday Shooter, killing three people.
But isn’t it at times like these that we need to be reminded that there is Hope beyond what we are watching … seeing, hearing … grieving about … on the news?
I like the gift-giving part of Christmas. It’s fun looking online to find just the right gifts for family and friends. Please notice I said looking online. I am not a fan of malls during the month of December.
Sometimes when I’m gift shopping, I’m checking a list and thinking, “I found just what they wanted.” Sometimes I’m chuckling to myself and thinking, “Oh, are they going to be surprised when they see this.”
After I read today’s quote, I realized there’s something else I should be looking for during this season: hope.
Hope is woven all through the Christmas story. Not the story of Rudolph or Frosty or Buddy the Elf. Although, if you examine those fun fictional stories, the theme of hope is in them too.
But I’m thinking of the true story of Christmas. The first Christmas story that proclaims:
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6-7 NASB
So for the rest of this month, I’m keeping my eyes and heart open for the unexpected ways God reveals hope to me. Join me, please.
In Your Words: What speaks hope to you this Christmas season?
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