People are hurting.   People are hurting others.  Mass murder, shootings, looting, demonstrations, political unrest.   Rick Warren says, “Hurt people, Hurt people.”   In some sort of way we have all been hurt or we are hurting.   I was at our annual Christmas re-union with all of our college friends.   For me, it marks 30 years out of college.   CRAZY!   As I listened to the updates of my friends, family struggles, death of children, cancer, I was reminded of some amazing truth.

From John 1: 1, 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Did you catch it?   “FULL of GRACE and TRUTH”    He pours out His Grace and His Truth and he ‘cannot’ be emptied of it.    It keeps on coming.   He keeps on ‘giving.’

This Christmas be reminded of that TRUTH.  God’s greatest gift to you was His one and only Son.   “For by GRACE are you saved.”    Put your faith in the One who can give you LIFE this Christmas.

From a Friends Advent Time With God:

“There is no doubt we are living in dark times. Violence and injustice are everywhere. People hurt themselves and hurt those around them. Nations war, captives are taken, the innocent suffer, and the earth itself rages with tempests, earthquakes, floods, and famine.

This is the residue of sin on planet earth. Things are broken. People are hurting. The night is here. Darkness is upon us. Yet shining in the night is a Savior, and He has come to shine on you. In fact, Scripture says that He gives His light to all who trust in Him.”

From Isaiah 9

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder . . . For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:2-3,6