The season of hope

Hannah the Angel

Image by Andy Wilkes via Flickr

“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’” (Matthew 1:20-21)

The children paraded out in their brightly colored costumes. There were angels, shepherds, wise men, a lamb, a star, and Mary and Joseph. The children were reenacting the Christmas story for their parents and friends. The ministry these children are involved in is called Kids Hope. I want to say though that hope was given to the adults as they watched their children perform. Sometimes it is hard to believe the true message of God that is delivered to us in many ways such as the Bible, prayer, through people (including children), and situations.

One message that many have a hard time accepting is that God truly loves them. God’s love is not like what the world offers…it is so much better. God’s love was displayed through the event in the relationships formed over the years, the children enjoying the cookies they decorated, the crafts made, the games played, the food served, the groceries donated, gifts given and the pictures taken. There was no doubt of God’s presence at the event and of his great love.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for always loving us. It is demonstrated every day, and I pray that I can accept your message of love and apply it to my life so that I can demonstrate you love to others. Amen

Faith Tip: Believe that God truly loves you. Take note of the way he shows you his love today.