I don’t know about you, but when I look at the world right now, I see a lot of darkness.
There’s the large-scale darkness of war, poverty, and political unrest, and there’s also the smaller-scale, but no less real, darkness of individual situations of sorrow and suffering.
Over the last month, while there has been nothing that has affected me directly, it has felt like the stories of heartache and tragedy have been mounting up:
Learning of the death of a friend from school – I hadn’t seen him in several years, but still have fond memories, and he was only in his 30s…
Hearing of the sudden death of someone I played in a band with who was only in his 40s…
Reading of two blogging friends who each lost their son suddenly and tragically, one in his 20s and one in his 30s…
There’s no denying that we live in a dark world full of pain and suffering and, as Christmas approaches, I’m sure many of us could use a bit of hope.
Fortunately that’s exactly what is on offer.
Jesus, Immanuel – God with us,
Light shining in the darkness,
Prince of Peace, entering into the turmoil of this broken world to bring hope and give life.
I hope you’ll join me this Advent as we journey through the Christmas Story, looking at how the coming of Jesus speaks hope for a variety of people in a whole mixture of circumstances.
I’ll be posting shorter posts on Mondays and Wednesdays from now until Christmas with brief reflections, Scriptures, and songs, and I’d love you to join me on this journey.
The coming of Jesus is “good news that will bring great joy to all people” (Luke 2:10 NLT) and I pray that as we look deeper into the story you will know the joy and hope that come from that good news, whatever circumstances you are facing this Christmas.
“Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever…
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine…
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:1, 2, 6 NLT)
“Jesus, light of the world,
Shine through the darkness, bright as the day.
Jesus, light of the world,
Shine in our hearts, show us the way tonight.”
Join me on Mondays and Wednesdays until Christmas for more Christmas Hope! Links to all the posts in the series can be found here.