December 14, 2011
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I have dealt a lot recently with people that seem to either have no hope or have what I would call displaced hope. By that I mean they are hopeful that the economy will turn around, that they will be able to find a job, that the election will bring a change or no change to the presidency, that they will be able to be well physically, that peace will be in their home and their relationships, and that their life will get better in general. We all seek a certain level of comfort, safety, and peace, in our lives and that is quite natural. As I reflect on God’s word the apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:19, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” In other words Paul is stating that we must not only have hope in our relationship with Christ now, today, to get us through this tough spot, but also for the future, the promise of eternal life and rest.
Christmas is a time when families gather and enjoy time catching up on what’s been happening in their lives. Of course, there is also the giving and receiving of gifts from family, friends, and co-workers. Christmas also is a time for keeping secrets. We’ve learned in our family that some can keep a secret and some find it very difficult. My teenage daughter will never be a spy for the government. I think I figured out why she has such difficulty keeping a secret — it’s because she doesn’t want a secret kept from her. In today’s column, I want to share about two secrets that should never be kept.