“Now Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1
I woke up today with a lot on my mind and heart. There is joy and sorrow mixed in with events of this week. There are friends who are grieving and saying good-bye to loved ones. Friends who have received news that tumors are benign. Friends experiencing times of rest and unrest. Good news and not so good news. Tears of joy. Tears of heartache.
As I sit in the quiet of the morning, watching candle flames dancing and tree lights sparkling, I am overwhelmed. In this Christmas season I’m reminded of our hope. In the darkness of life, The Light shines. Emmanuel; God with us! Jesus has come! Our hope is here! Amidst the carols and presents and lights and cookies and shopping and parties… the babe is in the manger. The Savior of all is born. Let’s not miss this miracle. Together, let’s hold fast and stand strong in faith. Let’s be sure of the hope we have been given in this precious Christmas gift.
Isaiah was sure and certain of that which he did not see.
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned…For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders, and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:2 & 6)
May we have faith like Isaiah. May this precious babe in the straw shine into your darkness and bring you peace and certainty. For unto us a savior is born! Unto us a son is given! Hallelujah! Amen!