Welcome to the last month of 2021. What a year it has been so far. While it has had challenges, it has also brought opportunities to move forward.
This past Sunday marked the beginning of Advent. Advent means "coming," and during the season, Christians prepare for Jesus' coming. The four Sundays preceding Christmas, which is when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, are recognized for four virtues - hope, love, joy and peace.
The birth of Christ ushered in hope for the world. Matthew reminds us of this hope. "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
The advent of Christ brings with it reconciliation; man with God - us with the Father. Paul affirms this in Romans 5:11: "Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation."
For followers of Christ, Jesus Christ is the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
So, as we we enter the time leading up to Christmas, let us be the voice declaring the hope of Christmas.
Mike and Daphne