The angels’ message to the shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem is heart-warming. But what about the freezing weather, the fuel crisis, the rise in cost of living, winter flu, Covid-19 infections and Russia’s war against Ukraine?
One thing is clear – the good news of God’s kingdom has yet to reach the hearts of general humanity. We know that the kingdom is here in part, and we know the joys of peace with God and his good will toward us in Christ.
May your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).
As well as enjoying the season, let us also take up the ministry of prayer for our nation and the nations of the world. As believers, let us also allow the true message of the gospel, once again, to penetrate our hearts deeply. Let us search out the riches of Christ so that we may increasingly become what we proclaim.
In the meantime, we are not alone. Remember Emmanuel. God is with us.
Many will want to put 2022 behind very quickly. It was difficult for most of us. But every New Year brings new opportunity. Perhaps we can make a fresh start. Think about changing what you can, one step at a time, to make life better for yourself and those around you.
Make 2023 a year of New Beginnings.