As we approach the Christmas season and the end of 2020, we are looking back at what this year has brought us. It has been a year characterized by unexpected obstacles, loss, and grief, all while weaved through with creativity, connectivity, joy, and vitality that has felt refreshing and new.
This is not the 2020 we were expecting. That any of us were expecting. And the promise of the Christmas season is that in it all - the beautiful, the loss, the hope, and the pain - we have a God who is in all of it WITH us. Not observing from afar, but among us.
The incarnation of the human Christ promises us that no matter what life throws at us, we have a Savior who chose to live in this broken world alongside us. His name is Emmanuel, God with us. The triune God is personal and intimate enough with us to understand the hurt and pain and joy and hope, and is simultaneously big enough to hold the whole universe and promise us that no matter what happens, He will work all things together for our good.
This Christmas season, our prayer is that we would all rest in that truth and in the presence of this Emmanuel. That the knowledge that our God is with us would give us a firm foundation of hope and anticipation of what’s to come. That we would be loving people well in this season as we are ready to answer the needs of those around us. That hope would win over discouragement.
Jesus is in the manger and on the throne. From all of us at PPM, we hope you have a blessed and joyful Christmas!
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