We write to you with warm Christmas greetings and holiday cheer! It’s hard to believe Christmas is just a few short days away! Fall morphed into winter with such anonymity, and now here we are, packing our bags for holiday travel. We are thrilled to be traveling home and look forward to spending time with our friends and family. My mom told me this morning that Omaha is a Winter Wonderland. We’re eagerly anticipating the soft falling snow, a crackling fire, steaming hot cocoa and festive celebration!
The next few days will be filled with welcomed chaos—crowded airports, last minute shopping, reunions with family and friends. In the midst of the hustle and bustle, our prayer is that the true gift of the season will be ever present on our hearts. This year has taught us so many things. Living in Kingston has opened our eyes to pain, poverty and struggle like never before. We’re seeing firsthand how hard life is for so many, and how broken this world seems. (Sadly, you don’t even have to live in Kingston to experience this sort of paradigm shift. Our eyes have been glued to the coverage in Newtown this week, and the pain is too great to begin to understand.)
The amazing thing about Christmas is for one brief moment, our eyes turn from the pain and look to the hope of Jesus Christ. It should be like this year round, but our vision gets muddled—by life, by loss and by evil we don’t understand. This week, we’ve been thanking God for the gift of His Son. This gift brings hope to weary souls, comfort to broken hearts and good out of even the worst atrocities.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, full of hope abounding!
Kevin & Cass