Where do you need hope this year?
That is what Christmas is all about. We celebrate the coming of hope into our lives. The true power of Christmas is the coming of hope, of promise, of a renewed vision for the world.
Hope can come in the way hearts are opened and people come to understand what it means to live in peace and harmony with their neighbours. Just look at the classic characters Scrooge and the Grinch. If even they can change then there is hope.
Hope can come in the form of new life. How many people, looking at the face of their newborn child, can resist that sense of hope and excitement? We may know that the child in our arms will not always have an easy life but we still see the potential for amazing things lying there wrapped in a blanket.
Wherever you need hope this year may it be a part of your Christmas. The story we tell about a baby born in a manger is the story of a God who never gives up. Christmas reminds us that God is with us, that God works with us to bring a better future. May God walk with you at Christmas and throughout the New Year!
Merry Christmas from all of us at St. Paul's United Church!
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