In a world where the dynamics are constantly changing, what a relief to know that our God never changes. He is always there for us. His counsels will stand, and His plans are wonderful. He has His children’s best interests at heart. With Him, suffering is never the final outcome, for we have a God of hope!
At Christmas the Child Jesus wants to come to this world of ever-growing darkness and chaos. He has come especially for those living in darkness. He wants to bring them light, which means joy. This is good news at a time when death is taking its toll the world over. Countries are ravaged by violence, disease and war.
The Son of God came to earth as the Eternal Light. As the Eternal Light He has the power to overcome the darkness and dispel gloom, distress and despair. Love is the source of His radiance. This is why it breaks through the most profound darkness. Nothing can extinguish this light, not even extreme affliction. His light penetrates the darkness and transforms it.
Christmas tells us: Jesus, the Son of God, wants to make His home in us. Look to Him for help. He has a solution to your problems and can turn your life around. He shines into our gloom, distress and sorrow, giving us victory. His love is stronger than everything that is making our world such a dark place today. And He is with us, filling our hearts with light and comfort. We will never be alone, because He is there.
(Adapted fom Christmas – A Light Shines in the Darknessby M. Basilea Schlink)
What an assurance to take with us into the new year!
Wishing each one of you the Lord’s richest blessings for Christmas,
The Sisters of Mary in Darmstadt, Germany