• Heidi J. Smith

The Hope of Christmas

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Do you remember Christmas as a kid?

You built a snowman, frosted cookies, and raced downstairs early to open your presents. Maybe you starred in a Christmas program or scribbled Santa Claus a letter. Secrets and magic filled the air.

Do you remember Christmas as a teenager?

All you wanted was sleep and time with your friends. You only requested money because it was the perfect gift.

Do you remember Christmas in your first home?

Was it a single apartment or a married bungalow? Did you spend it with his family or your family? You coveted perfection and contemplated what dishes to cook, traditions to start, and presents to purchase.

Do you remember the first Christmas with your kids or your nieces and nephews?

All the gifts were for the kids:). Merriment and mischievousness danced through their bodies, while they pleaded to open one gift early!

There are many wonderful holiday experiences, but there is a different one. A Christmas where someone we love is missing. A sad void, an empty chair.

Maybe divorce or death shattered the home, or the person served in the military and couldn’t fly home. Maybe Covid demanded isolation and you longed for a house full of family and friends. The season brings loneliness and sadness.

Two years ago was my first Christmas without my mom. She bravely battled Lou Gehrig's disease and finished her race in June. Even though she is in heaven, I missed her and still miss her. All the previous happy memories flooded my mind and paralyzed me from creating new ones with my family.

This year I vowed to do better. We asked our kids what activities they wanted to do and penciled them onto the calendar. Even though Covid hinders some things, new memories are being made and our hope in Jesus is the same.

No matter what you or I are experiencing this Christmas or have experienced, the one constant, unchanging truth is the hope we can have in Jesus Christ.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 NIV

God loves you and wants you to have eternal life with him. My mom choose the gift of eternal life. She knew that she was a sinner and asked the Jesus to be her Savior.

Do you have that hope? The Christmas hope is the gift of eternal life.

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."

Luke 2:11 ESV

No matter what experiences you are going through, may you have the hope of knowing Jesus as your Savior and sharing it with others.

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