While decorating the Christmas tree a few weeks ago, my wife came across a special box of ornaments. I knew she had discovered something very special because she immediately began to cry. It was a box of ornaments my little sister, Jessi, had made for my kids last Christmas. She had made an ornament for each child with their name on it and a special one for Remi since it was his first Christmas. Along with the four other ornaments, she made one especially from her. It was pink and had the word, “Hope,” across the front of it. Jessi had grown very weak last year around Christmas time from her long battle with cancer. Jessi was a heck of a fighter, but I’m sure deep down inside she knew it would be her last time to celebrate Christmas this side of heaven. Though her body was weak and failing, Jessi still had hope.
You see, Jessi got what the true meaning of Christmas was about. She knew that Jesus was sent to this earth as a baby to be our Savior. She knew that because of what Christ did on the cross, she could have hope. She understood that while her body was riddled with the pain of an ugly disease she could have hope in a better day beyond this life. Jessi knew the Christ in Christmas and that gave her incredible hope.
Do you have that same hope this Christmas?
I love the promise in John 16:33, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
No matter what you’re facing this Christmas season, there is hope.