Celebrating Christmas and New Year

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

As the year 2011 is drawing to an end and Christmas and the New Year celebrations are approaching I am again painfully reminded of the broken state of this world. The year 2011 has been a year of many disasters and crises: Tsunamis, Earthquakes, financial crises, political unrest… the world is in turmoil. But as I am sitting here at my desk writing these words I am filled with a deep sense of peace and calm. Why is that? Is it just due to the fact that I am about to leave for a ten day’s break to Germany? Or is it a case of closing my eyes to reality and just staying in my nice little private bubble where everything is fine and ignoring the rest of the world? As far as I can see that is not what it is – there is a lot of turmoil in my little private bubble at the moment, and leaving for a holiday didn’t have this effect on me in previous years. No, the peace and calm come from another source; they come from a renewed intensity of believing in the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Because of him I can have hope in a hopeless world, have peace in a world torn by conflict and despair, have assurance of salvation, joy, love and kindness and so many more wonderful gifts. My heart is filled with a sense of awe and joy and I want to shout out: Praise be to God! Worship, Honor, Glory, Thanksgiving be to him who has loved us so much! Thank God for Jesus!

May this festive season be a time of a renewed appreciation for the wonderful gifts that God bestowed on all his children in Jesus. And as we are starting a new year in a week’s time, may our hearts be filled with faith and hope and love and peace. We don’t know the future, but we know the one who holds it in his hands. And to be in him is bliss, peace, calm and assurance – irrespective of the circumstances of our lives. And through him we will find the strength and courage to act as hope-givers, peace-makers, joy-bringers, life-savers, love-givers in the coming year 2012! A very blessed Christmas and New Year to all who read this!

 

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