May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Your Christmas List
Are you finished with your Christmas list? Not the Christmas list that includes all of the presents that you intend to buy for everyone else, not the Christmas list that allows you to cross off a name once a purchase is complete, not the Christmas list that constantly reminds you of the one person who is so difficult to shop for. Are you finished with your own Christmas list—the list of presents you would like to receive? Children are great at making such lists, but if you were to make one, what would be on the top of the list? What present would you like to receive this Christmas?
How about hope? Would that be on your list?
How about joy? Would that be on your list?
How about peace? Would that be on your list?
If these gifts are on your list, where could they be purchased? Who could buy them for you? Who would give them to you?
Whether they are on your list or not, these gifts are yours. The God of hope gave them to you. His Son bought them at a place called Calvary and paid for them with his precious blood and with his innocent death. Through Jesus, God gave you the sure hope of eternal life in heaven. He gave you the joy of a close relationship with him based on his gift of peace through the full and free forgiveness of your sins.
These are better than any gifts you will receive this Christmas!
God of hope, fill me with all joy and peace as I trust in you so that I may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.