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Hope in the Darkness

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts and readers have doubtless noticed for themselves, this has been an exceptionally rough year. We’ve been through what feels like a decade worth of struggle, hardship, chaos, discord, and, at least in my case, not a small amount of genuine fear. And there’s probably more to come before it’s all over – you just need to look at the ICU occupancy statistics to be sure of that.

It is hard to see the hope this year, at least for me. I look at the world and specifically what’s going on inside the US’s borders and … have had some sleepless nights in recent memory. But it is important to remember that even if it is bookended by darkness, the light is still there. Even though I won’t be able to go to a candlelight Christmas service this year, even though I won’t see my family in person, Christmas is still coming. Jesus incarnated into a very dark world, too – the Roman empire was a brutal place, with its own problems and tragedies that ultimately claimed His earthly life … for three days, anyway.

The shepards could probably tell you better than most: even if it’s dark before and afterwards, having seen the light for yourself – knowing that it’s actually there – counts for a lot.

So even if it’s a bit less jolly this year, Merry Christmas.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

-John 1:5 (ESV)

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