I was talking to a friend recently. She told me about two minor disasters that occurred when decorating her home for Christmas this year. First her husband dropped her prized ceramic ornament that spelled the word HOPE.
The second mishap happened when her son knocked the Christmas ball with the word JOY off the table before it even got to the tree.
With tears in her eyes she said: “Now my hope is broken and I’ve lost my joy”. In very real ways that describes how she is experiencing the year 2013.
There were many losses and disappointments for this precious family. The future is uncertain and clinging to the hope that comes from Jesus moment by moment is their daily struggle.
Many of you may be in the same position. Perhaps the past year has been difficult. Maybe you were one of the families whose lives were devastated by the Alberta Floods. Have you lost a loved one? Is there a personal health crisis? Loneliness in the midst of hundreds of people could be your reality.
The Christmas promises of Peace and Joy may feel a little hollow this year.
My gift to you this week are brief thoughts accompanied by music videos.
I pray you will take the time to visit and that you will experience the Comfort, Peace & Joy that Jesus brings.
The first video is Paul Brandt’s Hope. Enjoy!