Our True Hope
Whether it is personal struggles or national headlines, I believe we all have been grappling with the hard questions or life. Often, we can speed through life without considering these things but at times these questions can not be ignored. Why do bad things happen? Why did this happen to people who didn’t do anything wrong? Where did things go wrong? What could I have done to prevent it? Why did’n’t I see it coming? How do I make things right? How can I go on? Will it ever be okay again?
Whatever answer we find, it is almost always feels incomplete. The explanation does not seem to equal the wrong or the hurt or the regret. As I sit with clients who work through these questions, I try to offer them hope. As a human, I can offer support, comfort and reassurance. Yet I am humbled because I know there are problems and questions beyond human understanding or explanation. I remind myself of the promise and answers found in Christmas.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold,
I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people
for today in the city of David there has been born for you
a Savior who is Christ the Lord. –Luke 2:10-11.
During a season of national sadness, I am thankful we can celebrate the eternal hope of Christmas. Our Hope has already come and our rescue from earthly struggles is certain. We can claim the message the angel proclaimed to the shepherds centuries ago. Do not be afraid, salvation has arrived through the “baby wrapped in cloths and laying in the manager” (Luke 2:12).
In this life, there will be trouble, heart ache, regret, guilt, loss and pain but the birth of Jesus brought the everlasting salvation from this life.