Dear Friends and Family,
It is that time of year when Christmas is almost here. Experiencing Christmas with children now makes it a bit more exciting for our family; the kids ask almost daily “Is it Christmas yet?” It’s fun watching their their anticipation of the approaching holiday.
Some of your might remember that I am not one for “traditional” Christmas letters where we summerize the past year, etc. With tools like Facebook, Instagram and blogs, and most of you keep up with the happenings of our family through out the year.
I prefer to share some sentiments of a different kind with you all during the holidays…….
I know for some of you, this Christmas is the first Christmas you will spend without a loved one in your company. I know for some of you, this is the first Christmas you will celebrate with a new baby or as a newly married couple. For some of you, this may be the first Christmas you spend estranged from your spouse. All of these things can evoke many emotions and feelings, some joyful, others not-so-joyous.
I would like to encourage you, no matter what season of life you find yourself in this Holiday season. The one word that has been coming to my mind lately is the word Hope. (Which is really the sum of what Christmas is really all about).
Hope is what came to this earth over 2000 years ago, as a baby. Our hope is secure in not what we see, not in our world around us, but our hope is anchored in what we KNOW to be true. You see there is a difference between fact and truth. The fact is you may be spending this Christmas with out a loved one in your presence, but the truth is you are never alone. (Heb. 13:5 tells us that God will never leave us or forsake us).
The fact may be that you find yourself in a worse life-situation this year than you found yourself in last year; the truth is God has a plan; a good plan and He will bring it pass in your life. (Jeremiah 29:11)
The fact is you may find yourself in a place of brokenness or grief this Christmas, the truth is God is near to the broken-hearted and He will and can bring healing to your heart. Psalm 34:18 tells us “If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath” (Message translation)
One day, this baby that was born so long ago, will return again. Rev. 19:11 tells us “ Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and He judges and makes war in righteousness.” The fact is we live in a very broken world. There are injustices all around us. The truth is that someday, Jesus is coming back. He is faithful and true and he will set all wrongs right when he comes again. As the old hymn says, “My Hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus Blood and righteousness.” We have Hope this Christmas because of Jesus!
Much love, Ben, Charity, Dakota, and Trinity DeVries