The Savior is born! Our Vision! Our Hope!
As Christmas approaches, there is a sense of wonder and so much hope. There are so many renditions of the Christmas story. And no matter how many times I hear it, I’m always truly amazed and in awe at the miracle of it all. Our Savior is born. Our Lord, who gives us a vision and a hope is born. There is always hope, no matter what situation we find ourselves in, when we think of the Christmas miracle, the birth of Christ our Savior.
1. Hope for parents!
Perhaps the year 2016 didn’t go as well as you thought it would. You were still busy at work and did not spend as much time with your spouse and children as you had planned to. You did not provide for them like anticipated. You still had those unnecessary fights that you regret as soon as it’s over. And sometimes, you just don’t feel good about yourself and wonder if you even know your purpose and if you will ever get to live it. The Savior’s birth gives us renewed hope! We are all a work in progress. No matter what we’ve done, there is always hope. I always tell my kids that no one has been a parent before. We learn as we go along with our children, so we obviously will make mistakes. It’s okay. The people who find it hardest to forgive parents are the parents themselves. Take a breath and forgive yourself. There is hope if you dare to believe in the miracle of Christmas. There is hope each new day that we wake up. Take hold of that hope and live life with renewed fervor and excitement. Life is not over. It is just beginning. Our Savior is born. We have a new vision and hope for our future.
2. Hope for our teens!
Parents sometimes look at their teens and shake their heads and wonder if they’ll ever turn out right. Absolutely! There is always hope. Because of the birth of our Savior, we always have hope. Parents must learn to never give up on their teens. We have to grasp the hope our Savior brings to us this season and hold on to it all year round. Sometimes we have to remove ourselves from what we see every day and have a vision for tomorrow. Because of the hope and vision we have, we continue to have a great relationship with them not shunning, giving up on them or belittling them. We lift them up because we see a good vision for their lives. There are countless stories of people who were not necessarily the smartest or brightest or most beautiful when they were younger but because their parents saw the vision and persisted in hope and prayer, these teens grew up and became great adults that we all look up to. It is never over for our teens. Not even when parents give up. There is always hope for a better tomorrow, for each and every child. Believe it. There is truly hope for a great future for your teens.
3. Renewed hope for our world!
There has been so much tension and chaos in life this year. Everywhere we turn there is bad news. From earthquakes and floods to wars and oh what a contentious election period we had. But there is always hope. Hope for a new day and a new beginning. Hope that our Savior was born to bring us new life and we see this every day in all the people who rally around to help the victims of natural disasters and the victims of war. There is hope for our world when people give up their gently worn jackets to help others and people bring an unwrapped toy because they don’t want a child to go without a toy at Christmas. There is hope when people are willing to risk their lives to go and assist others in war torn areas and provide food for the homeless. No matter where we look, there is so much hope because our Savior is born. So perhaps life did not go the way you expected. The world is sometimes a cold, hard and unfriendly place. Believe in the miracle of Christmas. Start each new day in wonder and hope and expectancy and believe in a Savior who brings us renewed hope and a new vision every day.
As we look forward to Christmas day and the birth of our Savior, let’s take time to reflect on the hope we have for our lives. Let’s be filled with awe and gratitude and childlike trust as we see the baby Jesus in the manger. Because of the birth of our Savior, our lives are purposeful and hopeful. Our families thrive no matter what season we are in, and good will continue to reign supreme in our world.
I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.