It’s that time of year. The New Year is a great opportunity to set out with new ambitions and improvement programs, but is this hope? I find myself pondering just what hope is and what the secret to a transformed life could be. So many of us seek it… especially now as the tinsel and glitter of Christmas is put neatly away and we slide back in to the pattern of hope anticipating the new year will bring change. The hope of wrongs made right or at least put behind us, and a prosperous future. We discuss the expectations we have about this time of year in terms of faith and in terms of how we often depend on ourselves for the best things in life and that expected change will come. In Christmas Matters in Your New Year we look at how the story of Christmas matters all year! For it is because God entered human history by a humble birth, God incarnate in Jesus Christ, that we have true hope for change and life transformation.
During winter break from seminary, I decided to read a fabulous new book called Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller. In the book, Keller shows that Christmas is not just a celebration of Jesus’ birth. Rather it is the coming of our Lord. He explores what this means in our lives using the familiar biblical images and characters from the nativity. I recommend the book highly. In this episode, I have built on this theme partially reviewing the book and sharing musings on life about how Christmas is a hope to live into for life. I wish you the best in the New Year.