week 1 Hope

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.  Psalm 33:20

Christmas is always an exciting, joyous, time for me.  I love Christmas yet at the same time I know that, at times,  it can also be stressful and sometimes depressing.  With that in mind, I am hoping to remind myself and those of you who stop by my blog of the real meaning of Christmas and where our focus ought to be.

This week I will look at hope.  Hope is a certainty mixed with anticipation.  The Jewish people at the time of Jesus birth were anxiously awaiting the messiah.  They were hoping he would come; yet when the angels heralded his birth only the shepherds and the wise men came to worship.  The rest?  Well, I suppose they were too busy to bother with a baby in a manger.  They had things to do; work, and the cares of this life pressed in and they missed the very first Christmas.  They had no idea that a savior had been born.  For them, on that first Christmas, life went on as usual.  God's gift to the human race went unnoticed by many. Today 2000 years later his gift still goes unnoticed by many. They are hopeful and anticipating waiting for something to come and fix the mess that this broken world is in.  They fail to realize that the answer to the worlds problems came in the form of a baby in a manger.  He is  hope for this dark world.  If you have not opened this gift and accepted Christ as your savior, that is the very first step in your journey this Christmas.  Give your life to the baby in a manger and you will begin to live again.  You will begin to see the hope that the first Christmas offered; the hope of a changed life and the only hope that can fix a cold, broken world.

Oh, Come, Oh, Come Emmanuel 
Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

What better son for us to think on this week.

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