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“We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:10
This verse is the one I chose to display on this year’s Christmas card, although it isn’t your typical “Christmas” verse.
In my mind Christmas cards are a way of saying to our friends and family, “This is who we are right now!” Sometimes it’s a collage of pictures from the year or a group photo from a vacation with extended family.
In the 90’s, moms would sit down at the family computer and type out a family newsletter that summarized the accomplishments, changes, events and news from the year. Now that we have social media, there’s not as much of a need for newsletters. So we send photo cards to share what we look like, how old the kids are and who has been added to the family since last Christmas.
As we wrap up another year marked by worldwide uncertainty and turmoil, the words of 1 Timothy 4:10 couldn’t be more timely. It is my prayer that whatever you’ve faced this year, you would choose to place your hope in the living God who is always good!
The words of the Christmas carol Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus connect that verse with the hope of Christmas:
Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.
Glossy photo cards with everyone dressed up and perfectly coordinated probably don’t capture the reality of the year anyone has experienced. That’s okay – it wouldn’t make for a very festive card if it did!
We’ve had a really good year, but it hasn’t been perfect. My heart’s desire is to be able to say, “This is who we are. In spite of the difficulties we’ve faced this year, we are choosing to place our hope in the living God and have found that He is always good!”
“The Christmas story reminds us that hope will never be found if you look horizontally. True hope is found only when you look for it vertically. It’s not enough to say that God gives us hope. What the Christmas story declares to us is that God is hope. God is your only source for steady, unshakable, eternal hope.” (from Come Let Us Adore Him by Paul Tripp)
I am praying that you too will find rest, strength, consolation, hope and joy in Jesus today. ❤