Nothing is more common to the human experience than change. Babies grow into adulthood; the young become older; seasons change but our God remains the same. James 1:17-18 says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” In times of trial or success we depend on Christ. Romans 5:2-5, “We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” With God's love we can not only love him, but we can love ourselves and each other. Keep pressing on and expect God’s best in the new year. Be encouraged!
Why is now considered the most wonderful time of the year? According to the songs, because of kids singing, friends visiting, lots of parties, and, oh, the roasting of marshmallows, we should deem Christmas as the happiest season of all. While I do agree this time of year can be cheerful, I also acknowledge that it can be the most stressful and busiest time too. There is so much to do – some out of obligation and some out of joy. We need time to reflect on the reason why it is the most wonderful time of the year. Isaiah 9:6 records the beauty of the season and remind us that we celebrate peace entering our world. A child will be born to us. “A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace” (NIRV). May His presence in your life bring hope and peace in the midst of the holiday season.