We are right in the middle of this Christmas season, less than a week from Christmas day, the joy of giving presents and receiving them, family gatherings, eating together, lots of fun for some and painful for others - this season will always leave some overjoyed and others weary.
Whether you are a student heading back home or a student worker getting ready for some time off [whatever that looks like] this season will always look different for us all.
But, In a world offering us lots of reasons to be fearful and afraid, there are some truths that will always remain.
Isaiah 9:6 reminds us about the truth that this season is built upon, the promise of the one who was given to us, the one on whom everything we know is established, the one who is closer than any other. In whom, we have joy and in whom we have peace and rest.
“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.”
My prayer for us is that in the midst of all that is happening within us or around us. We will experience the joy of celebration that the birth of Jesus means for us and be filled with the peace and rest that he gives. And in the words of Paul in Romans 15:13, May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.