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December 23, 2016, 3:56 PM

That's my story...and I'm stickin to it!

Christmas time is a time of hope. 

I'm not basing this upon your present circumstances. I'm not basing this upon whether you would describe this Christmas season as a good one or a bad one. Hope is not defined by our present circumstance. As I write this I can think of three families that are dealing with the loss of a loved on or the imminent loss of a loved one. Christmas 2016 may not be the best time for everyone, but Christmas is still a time of hope. 

I love this passage. It's found in 2 Corinthians written by a man who knew something about having hope despite being found in rather difficult circumstances. 

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

"Therefore we do not lose heart." This is hope. If you read in the previous several verses you will see that have hope in the grace and mercy of God which does not succomb to circumstances. Romans eight tells me that nothign, not even death, can separate me from the love of God that we find in Christ. 

"Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed." My hope is not based upon what happens to me physically. My outlook on life does not have to be controlled by what happens to my body. So many prayer requests at church are about physical needs, which is ok, but maybe we should see a bigger picture here. 

"For our light and momentary troubles..." Our perspective is very limited. Our average lifespan is just over 70 years in the United States...70 years in the light of eternity is a blip. Scripture calls our lives a mist or a vapor...something that is hear for a moment and then gone. With this perspective we are easily overwhelmed by trouble. It's like telling a four year old they have to wait an hour. You might as well say eternity. We have to remember that we have hope, because this too shall pass. 

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen..." Our hope is not based upon what we can see here or what we can control and fix...our hope is based on eternity. Our hope is based upon Jesus who paid the price for our sins and gives us hope forever. 

Christmas is a season of hope because we Jesus has come. In Matthew chapter one where we find the birth story of Jesus the angel tells Joseph that this baby is to be called, Jesus, because he would take care of the sins of his people. 

We are those people. We have hope. 

That's my story and I'm stickin to it! 

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