Thoughts: Many of us will remember this as the Christmas of Covid-19. Many of us know people who have had it, and some who have died from it. If you have lost a loved one for any reason my heart breaks for you this season. Somehow, losing a loved one to Covid puts a gloomier spin on it. Covid has touched my family: 1 daughter, 1 son (likely), 1 daughter-in-law, 1 son-in-law and 1 sister-in-law. The final count is TBD. No deaths, but serious illness with some. We would like to be together and embrace; instead we have to social distance. We haven’t even discussed financial loss that many have experienced form this. I haven’t mentioned many friends who have been inflicted. Too numerous to count. All of them important. Someday, soon we hope, things will get better, back to “normal,” but maybe only a “new normal.”
Wishes: In spite of the dark shadows of Covid, I wish for you a hopeful and happy Christmas and New Year. Genuine believers have hope for now and forever, and the sting of death is removed. “. . .He himself partook of flesh and blood, that through death (his death on the Cross) he might destroy the one who has the power over death . . . and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery,” Hebrews 2:14-15. In Christ, we are free. We have help for today and hope for tomorrow. I invite you to consider the claims of Christ, turn from your life of slavery to death, and embrace the hope of life eternal, a life that you can begin to enjoy right now. Grace to you.