This year has been an amazing year. Personally, I have had some really high highs and some really low lows. For the past several months my prayer has been that I would be back home for Christmas. I missed my family and my friends and wanted so much to be able to spend the Christmas season with them. My family and I, along with many friends, have prayed and prayed for this to happen. Last week we got one step closer and earlier this week I was finally able to come back home. God truly answers prayers, even when at time we do not see light at the end of the tunnel.
I began to wonder how Jesus’ disciples felt when the savior of the world was nailed to the cross. I imagine his disciples feeling as hope was lost and like their light was taken from them. What a dark and lonely time.
For months, I've understood this feeling of darkness and loneliness. Today we desperately need light to break the darkness of this world. Jesus is that light, just as he was over 2000 years ago. When asked, “but who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15) we should answer the same way Peter did, YOU ARE THE CHRIST!
Let us not forget this Christmas season that we celebrate Jesus the Christ! It can be so easy to forget the true reason we celebrate when life seems to just take over, or when facing a crisis, but we are celebrating the birth of our savior – of the savior of the world. Let’s also remember to thank him for all that he has done in our lives throughout the past year. For me, just having the privilege to be back with my family, my church, and even posting this message is an answer to many prayers.
Thank you, God, that after 400 years of silence you sent Jesus to the world to die for us. Thank you, Jesus, for conquering the grave and coming back three short days later. You always remain faithful – even when we can’t see it. Lord help us to remember you and why we celebrate this Christmas Season!
From our ministry team, my family, and me we wish you all a Merry Christmas and thank you for your support and prayers. Please remember to pray for those who celebrate the savior’s birth in jails, prisons or treatment facilities and their families who miss them terribly.