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Letter: Keep true meaning of the season

Published: Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Superstorm Sandy destroyed lives. Homes are gone, jobs are gone, whole communities are gone. Many feel overwhelmed as if hope, itself, were gone. Now it’s Christmastime, and it seems impossible to celebrate and find joy.

The amazing aspect of hope and joy, however, is that they are already wrapped and under our tree! They are God’s gifts to us – His special blessings. He wants us to know that His unique promises enable us to live fully, even when circumstances seem impossible and hopeless.

When we remember to pray for those who’ve lost their homes, jobs or loved ones, our perspective begins to change.

We discover that God’s gifts of peace and hope gradually flow into our spirit, replacing our anxiety and fear. Instead of being unable to celebrate and rejoice as Christmas nears, we begin to sing. We find the desire to praise God and trust Him for the days to come.

As we lift others up in prayer, we find that God lifts us up, too. Christmas is not a time to spend excessive amounts of money; it’s an opportunity to celebrate God’s gift to all – His Son, Jesus Christ.

My heart cries for anyone who is missing out on the life God desires for us. The real tragedy is that too often people miss God’s truth – truth that brings His love, peace and hope in every challenging circumstance.

I pray that this Christmas, we grasp the true meaning behind the simple reality that Jesus is the reason for the season. It’s time to celebrate! Let us rejoice and praise God with thanksgiving, as we put our hope in Him.

When we trust God for our needs, we won’t worry about the fiscal cliff or anything else on the list of things we can’t do anything about. He wants us to celebrate the birth of His son, our Lord Jesus Christ – for He is our hope.

Have a glorious Christmas!

Nancy Kapple Stoppelkamp

Graham, N.C., and formerly of Geneva

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