The Voice of Hope speaks this Christmas

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger,’” Luke 2:8-12 said.

Years of antiquity have long since passed, but in a singular moment of time, a prince was born. He was conceived in holiness and brought forth and swaddled in lowliness. His name was declared in the heavens with shouts of wonder, from the angels on high. He is the pride of his father.

His name is Emmanuel, God with us.

This humble child was a gift to the multitudes whom toil in bitterness and strife. During the years of His youth, his stature increased as love and wisdom grew, gaining favor with God and mankind. His voice, a ministry of kindness, mercy, repentance and forgiveness, released the people to hope once again, to believe and to witness the power of a good father.

He was raised as an example to follow. His message was clear.

Peace silences confusion and fear. Truth frees minds from anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma. Joy restores dreams and creativity. Righteous conquers illness. Forgiveness heals the heart, mind and soul. Love defeats hate.

This babe born and placed in a trough for animals, grown then hung on a tree. Cursed for our sins, now forgiven, are you and me. The power of heaven lights the sky. Flashes of victory and out of death, he rises. The world now redeemed. Time split in two. Miracles and healing declared for the earth.

In centuries long past, he was born the lowliest of kings. Now raised to life, he reigns unmatched to restore our dreams, heal hearts, establish health and defeat darkness. He is the King of Kings, the Lion of Judah, the Bright and Morning Star, the Prince of Peace and Emmanuel.

He is Jesus.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11:28 said.

Jesus, you are my hope and my future. Thank you for your humble beginnings and your victory at the cross. I ask you to come into my heart and rule in my life. I ask you to forgive my failures and offenses, and I choose to forgive others. Today, I receive the gift of eternal life. I am a new creation and receive salvation through the Holy Spirit. In Your name, Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Lynn Donovan is an award-winning author, speaker and ministry director. She writes and speaks on a variety of topics. She has written several books and magazine articles, and she has been a guest at Focus on The Family, Family Life Today and the 700 Club. Her delight is leading people to hear God’s voice and to thrive in faith. Find Lynn Donovan at www.lynndonovan.org.

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