The Wonder of Christmas – A Message of Hope

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For most, Christmas evokes all kinds of emotions. There is grief of loved ones lost and possibly anxiety about how to handle difficult relationships at family get-togethers. Then there is stress when we add yet another item to our ever-expanding Christmas to-do list.

However, there is the sense of wonder when we drive through town and gaze up at all the lights and wreaths reminding us to hold on to the excitement we felt as a child on Christmas morning. Most of all though, Christmas inspires hope. There is joy to be found in sharing that hope with others and taking time to surround ourselves in the wonder of Christmas. During this time of year, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and for this reason, we adore the daily advent devotional by Susie Larson, Prepare Him Room.

This advent book encourages us to set aside time and allow ourselves to create a sacred space on our busy holiday calendar to ponder the miracle we celebrate. During this time, we can journey through Luke’s account of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection. Open your heart to the Lord and let Him transform you and bring hope during this Christmas season!

Sometimes, we find we need courage to trust in the hope Christ brings us. Mary showed such courage as she opened herself to God’s will and submitted to His plan for her to bear the Son of God. In You Were Made for This Moment pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado reminds us of another girl who listened to God in His plan for her life. The book will give you hope as you read the story of Esther. You will be encouraged to put your hope in the God of all creation and gain courage during the challenging times you might be facing. There is no better time than the Christmas season to discover the calling and role God has for your life.

One thing we have learned at the Solid Rock is that God has always been there and we are thankful that He sent His only Son in human form so that we may have eternal life through Him. The celebration of the birth of Jesus gives us so much to be thankful for as we have seen His promises come true. We know that life is not easy, but Jesus says to us, “but take heart” for He has overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year to share the true hope of Jesus Christ. From our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

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