Not too far off in the distance, the Christmas season awaits with cheery wishes and happy hearts filled with the joy of Jesus’ birth. It is truly a special time of year and we love it! Some, though, may dread it because of painful memories, the loss of someone special, or because they don’t know the hope of Jesus. Maybe you know someone who faces this reality. For those who are lost in their sadness, Christmas is almost the last time they’d expect to find encouragement or belonging, but it’s also the exact time we need to shine the hope of Jesus in their lives. Think of those who you want to invite to church– it just may be that this is the year they’ll be receptive to the Holy Spirit. 

Today is a great day to start praying for those in your circle of friends, family, acquaintances, etc., to find hope in a whole new way at Christmas. Pray that they would experience Jesus, and find peace and joy like they’ve never known before.