At this point in the Mennonite Church, the miracle of God’s son being born into this world. can be considered a common conversation. It is one of the major stories of hope that we celebrate. A much rarer conversation, though, is how Christmas hope translates into how we live out the holiday seasons, and how this hope is meant to affect all of our relationships.
For many people Christmas is a difficult time for relationships. In a broken world no one can boast of a family with perfect relationships of joy. As much as Christmas can be a joyful place to celebrate, there are often obstacles to overcome in pursuit of this joy. Family fights, community conflicts, illness and death, financial strains, loneliness and so much more, can sever us from why we are celebrating. Sometimes we become so distracted that hope - the reason for celebration - doesn’t make into our season, and our lives are not taught nor informed by hope.
We are meant to have our lives lives transformed by what God gives us. The birth of Christ is the beginning of tangible hope. Hope is meant to be more than a feeling and an advent focus. It is meant to influence and inform our actions, and specifically our interactions with those around us. The birth of Christ is meant not only to give us cause to celebrate, but give us cause to change how we do things. It is meant to transform how we approach relationship, and how we
If you are one those people who are having a hard time this Christmas, I encourage you to have hope. Celebrate the small miracles, because Jesus is alive, and more are on the way. Kindness, improved communications, the letting go of small fights for greater joy, celebration despite mourning, these are important and show hope.
Miracles are possible, and every miracle is a sign of hope. May your Christmas be informed by hope.