If someone had told you that you would be experiencing a worldwide pandemic, a struggling economy, protesting and rioting in the streets, wildfires out West, with nurses and doctors on the frontline of fighting a virus and teachers and students meeting on a media platform only, would you have believed them? Me neither! What a year we have been through. The needed call for racial justice, a contentious presidential election, and a country split down the middle on matters that are affecting all of us. Almost sounds like the plot of a disaster movie. Who will come to the rescue?
Yet, it’s Christmas right around the corner. With such a dark and stressful backdrop to the Christmas season, we begin to see with greater clarity that Jesus is the light in the midst of our darkness. “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5. While our Christmas cheer may be tempered by the circumstances we find ourselves in, joy comes in knowing that God has not forsaken nor abandoned us. Jesus has come to our rescue; God is with us, Emmanuel!
With everything we have been experiencing what we need now is hope, joy, and a light in the midst of our darkness. Remember the words of Jesus, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12
As 2020 comes to a close, I think we can all agree on one thing: this has been a very strange year! Looking towards 2021, there are still uncertainties. There are still so many questions. I don’t know what this next year will look like, but I do know that God is for us and God is on our side. And in the midst of all we’ve gone through, we have great hope in a great God.
2020 will probably go down in history as a dark, depressing, and difficult year. Few of us have escaped from the distress, doubt, and despair of the myriad of events that have played on in life and in the media. Yet, Christ declares Himself to be the Light of the World.
So much has already been said about the difficulties so many of us have faced this year. Whatever your individual situation, join us this Sunday in, “Rediscovering Christmas Joy.”