It is that time of year again when we celebrate Christmas. A time of peace, a time of laughter and a time of joy. Sadly, many of us cannot relate and it feels like happiness is the last thing on our minds. This year has been one for the record books. After a year of chaos, sickness uncertainty and political unrest, a lot of us, feel like we are just done with 2020. This does not even pertain to all the personal challenges we have faced this year. When it comes to the true meaning of Christmas, the reality is that although we might not feel like it is true, we actually have a lot of reason to have great joy, even amidst many hardships. Why, you may ask? Because… you still have breath inside of you, you still have purpose inside of you and you still have a big God watching over you. We sing “Joy to the world, a King has come”. The real reason the world can have joy is because of the “King” that has come, if they choose to accept Him in their lives. This joy is not a temporary feeling of happiness but rather a true, deep feeling of contentment that can only come from God Himself.

I want you to imagine yourself being sentenced to death, knowing that there is nothing you can do to get out of it. Your death is sealed, and you are heading to death row and there is nothing you can do to change it. What if I told you someone is being born and He is going to come and take your place? You won’t have to die. He will not only take your place, but you are also can experience a life filled with everlasting peace and joy. I think the majority of us would be overjoyed. Well … that is exactly what Jesus did, He came and took our place. Christmas is the celebration of His birth. He came to give us life and life more abundantly. The reality is that no matter what you have gone through this past year, you have a Savior that not only took your place for eternity, but also walks with you right now and He can bring healing to any situation you are facing right now.

This year let’s celebrate the King and be grateful for what He has done. His goodness in the midst of chaos and the promise of eternity with Him. Merry Christmas everyone, and may 2021 be a year of restoration and redemption. Blessings,