The Hope of Christmas

Christmas is the season of hope.  Hope is a natural part of our lives and a foundation upon which we can build.  It is the assurance that possibilities can and do become realities.  The dictionary says that hope is “a feeling that what is wanted is likely to happen; desire accompanied by expectations.”

There are many levels of hope.  There is the hope that is no more than a dream for something we want.  Such as, the hope we might have while buying a lottery ticket.  The desire is to win the money and the expectation is that the ticket will be the winning one.  

Or there is the level of hope that is more realistic, such as the hope that we will find the right partner for ourselves or get the job we want.  Then there is the deeper level of hope that touches our spiritual being and that is when we pray and have the feeling that what we are praying for is likely to happen.

What are you hoping for this Christmas season?  Is that it will be a wonderful Christmas, maybe the best ever? Is it that we have remembered everyone we should have? Is it that we will get the gift we want?  Or is it that this year, we will remember why we are celebrating this season.

My greatest hope this holiday season is that we remember why we are celebrating this season. Jesus gave us hope for a brighter future.  He taught us that God is within us and that to know God is to be in the kingdom of Heaven here and now.  My hope for you is the realization of this Truth in your life, not just during the holiday season, but all year long!

Quote of the Week

“What is Christmas?  It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.”                                                                                      

Agnes M Pahro


Tis the Season of Love

Tis the Season of Love. It is not just a time to love our families and friends but to love everyone and everything. The birth of Jesus is about Love. The Love that is unconditional, does not judge, does not bargain, and does not have to be earned.

It is about God’s Love for us even though there may be times we may doubt that Love, or unable to experience it, it does not diminish the Love that is ours always. Sometimes we can feel that love when we look at our loved ones or when someone does something so loving to us, we can feel God’s Love through them.

Christmas Love is not about the romantic fickle love we find in fiction but a true, deep, constant Love that is never far. Remember this, whatever is going on in your life, no matter how appearances may seem, God’s Love is enfolding and embracing you.

That is a Love that you can count on, not just during the Christmas holiday but everyday.

Quote of the Week

“Love’s not always Christmas bells; Sometimes it’s as tough as nails. But one thing you’re sure to find, in the end there’s peace of mind.”

Joshua Aaron Guillory