This time of year, we’re surrounded by well-wishes for peace, joy, happiness, and a bright beginning to the New Year. Many people are able to identify and enjoy these blessings in their lives currently, and others are holding onto hope that they are just around the corner. Yet the reality is that for many, these seem like empty words as they struggle through the chaos of daily life.
Chaos comes in many forms. Many of you are experiencing difficult or strained relationships, loneliness, unstable housing, joblessness, poor health, difficulties with children who exhibit combative or self-destructive behaviors, the effects of aging, political unrest, the loss of loved ones, or financial distress. It can be difficult to experience peace, happiness, or hope in the face of overwhelming uncertainty, loss, fear, and frustration.
This week my family and I are celebrating the fact that joy and hope are not connected to the circumstances of our daily lives. Instead, they are gifts bestowed on the first Christmas long ago, when God himself stepped into the chaos of our human lives. Each day, I am learning more about trusting His love, faithfulness, and provision of our “daily bread,” or all that we need to face the chaos of our human needs.
With this final “Social Incites” of 2014, I am wishing all of you the knowledge and assurance of the love, peace, joy, and hope that are freely gifted to each of us as we celebrate the birthday of the Prince of Peace. May He calm your chaos and give you hope for tomorrow, and for all the tomorrows after that, as we transition from 2014 to 2015!