Hello everyone! I know it has been a few months since I wrote to you, but I hope your holiday season has been going good and you and your family are healthy. For Chris and I we have been pretty busy with finding new ways to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas during the pandemic. Between the craziness going on in our world, and the weather going from spring to fall and back to winter in the matter of a few days or weeks, things haven’t really felt like Christmas here in IL. Honestly, I think for everyone Christmas is going to look a bit different this year. As a matter of fact, I want to discuss just that today. So grab your favorite drink, cozy up and let’s dive in.
So this year may not be full of parties and loads of gifts under the tree. Does that mean you can’t have a good Christmas and celebrate the holidays? Of’ course not! Some of you may know that Chris and I are followers of Jesus and so we celebrate things like advent and Jesus’ birth on Christmas. You don’t have to be religious to understand that aside from the whole Santa and elves, Christmas is widely known for being a Jewish and Christmas holiday. One where we celebrate the birth of the Lord and his coming into the earth to bridge the gap between us and Him. You may not celebrate any of that, but this year let’s take a different perspective to the meaning of Christmas. Most of us may not be able to celebrate with loved ones or have the finances to buy a bunch of gifts, but we should find ways to be thankful. You are alive, if you do have a spouse or parents living, that is something to be grateful for. If you have all your basic needs met; food in your stomach, clothes on your back, a shelter/place to live, clean water to drink, and breath in your lungs you have something to be happy about. Yet, how do we celebrate when we don’t have hope?
What is hope?
Hope is the expectancy of something to come. You may not feel like you have hope today, but can I encourage you? There is someone who wants to bring you hope today and his name is Jesus. I’m not trying to get religious on you or tell you to join a cult. I want to share the good news like the shepherds who lived in a dirty and smelly field long ago. They were outcast, people no one cared about, they were alone and felt like losers, yet God chose them to spread the message that a savoir – someone who wanted to fix their relationship with God and give them meaning and purpose – was born that day. Life may be chaotic for you right now, and this Christmas may be a little different this year, but I want you to know there is still hope and it is found in Jesus Christ who left his luxury of heaven and came to earth to be born as a baby and grow up to eventually give up his life so you and I can live with Him for eternity. Not only that, but we would have new purpose and meaning here on earth in that He would choose us to share that amazing message of hope to others. You are not alone this season my friend, there is someone who longs to have a relationship with you and will help you will life gets hard. All you have to do is cry out to him today.
Prayer: Jesus this year looks pretty different and not what I expected. However, would you come and give me your hope and peace this Christmas season? I may not fully understand who you are or the amazing sacrifice you gave for me, but would you help me understand and take my life and use it for your benefit. I not only want a relationship with you, I want you to use me to share your amazing message with the world – however that looks. I need you Jesus and I need your hope and joy this season and all year long! I give you my life today. I want to follow You and become your child.
In Jesus name, Amen
If you prayed that prayer will you reach out to us? We would love to explain further the decision that you just made and help you in your journey. This is what TNR is all about, finding a way down the narrow path, the one that is less encumbered by the craziness of life and leads towards one of purpose and life. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season everyone and a most joyous New Years!!!!
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!
Chris and Angie Frantz