We are all ready for 2020 to end and 2021 to begin. The new year can’t come soon enough. This dumpster fire has been raging forever and a day. We are ready for this horrible, deadly virus to be gone. We long for togetherness. We desire “normalcy”. Many people decorated for Christmas early this year (us included) because we need more joy in our lives and Christmas trees, wreaths, and lights give us some of the joy we are craving.
A new addition to our Christmas decorations this year is a nativity Advent candle holder that was gifted to us. In this time of Advent, we are preparing for and anticipating the celebration of the birth of Christ. We light a candle each week leading up to Christmas. The four candles symbolize hope, faith, joy and peace.
We hope for our days to be filled with less illness and fear and more joy and community. Hope came as a baby, our Savior, many years ago and remains our hope today.
We have faith that with Christ, we can get through anything, including this pandemic and 2020. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “I will walk by faith even when I cannot see.” We sang “Lord I Need You” by Matt Maher during our virtual church service this past Sunday. I sang it with tears in my eyes as I need Christ more than ever during these trying times. I surmise we all do.
Joy is something we often have to search for or create, but we should have great joy because Christ came to save us from our sins. “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King”.
I pray that as this virus lingers and uncertainty continues, that you will have peace this season. Draw near to Him to find the perfect peace. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
The calendar will soon turn, but unfortunately I think we realize that this pandemic will not go away as the ball drops in Times Square. However, I think we see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have hope. We see vaccines being created that are about ready to roll out. We anticipate better days ahead. We will come out of the darkness of this difficult period and we will again find light in our lives. During this time of unease about what lies ahead, I pray that you will be filled with hope, faith, joy and peace. Merry Christmas!