“Merry Christmas!” Just uttering this greeting makes me feel high-spirited during the holiday season! I get excited about the things I get to see and do around this time. I enjoy watching multicolored lights in trees at the park and listening to melodious carols in the stores! My anticipation grows while I am shopping and I imagine the reactions of my loved ones when they receive their gifts.
Being cheerful or merry seems easy when pleasant things surround us; and so elusive when troubles and hopelessness confront us. I encourage you to read the story of Lorie Velarde and her husband who were in despair when their child was born with a rare congenital heart defect. Finding hope and a reason to be cheerful was hard for them. But, then God.
The famous verse in the book of John says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but will have eternal life.” (John 3:16) This is a passage that will surely give us the reason to be merry and cheerful. If God can give us His ONLY Son, He can give us anything that we desire that is according to His will. He made a way for us to have a relationship with Him despite of our unworthiness. Knowing this should lead us to be hopeful in whatever circumstance we’re facing and make us think of His goodness during this season.
Moms, I hope and pray that after reading the articles in this issue, you will be filled with hope and find a reason to be merry no matter what circumstance you’re in. May your heart overflow with gladness as you ponder on His goodness. Have a Merry Christmas! – Delsey G.