As you read this message today, we know that some of you have been under tremendous stress, pain, suffering, or grief, and may have even experienced loss over the last two years. Some of you may be celebrating Christmas alone for the first time in years, some of you may be seeing family for the first time in years, and some of you may be experiencing your first Christmas without that special loved one. Joy and grief. Sadness and laughter. All coexisting together in what can feel like an overwhelming weight, especially this time of year.
Yet. We want each and every person reading this message to know:
We have hope.
Unto us a child was born - and that child brought peace, love, and hope to us all. Hope for our humanity. Hope that this is not the end. Hope that all things will be made new again.
So this season, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus our King and Savior of the world, remember these words:
"And the angel said to them: Do not be afraid; for behold I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people. Today in the city of David there has been born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
...Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." (Luke 2:10-11;14)
Thank you for being a part of our story. We stand in hope with you and wish you a very Merry Christmas!