Hope — with it we can face trials, overcome obstacles, and experience renewed joy. Without it we often find ourselves defeated, aimless, and depressed. The Christmas season has a way of accentuating one or the other of these extremes in people’s lives. For this reason the angels’ words to the shepherds are so timely, “For behold I bring you tidings of Good News which shall be for all the people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior which is Christ the Lord.” These words still breathe hope into the listener today. God has come in Christ to walk with us, to be our companion in times of trial, to lift us up over obstacles, and to fill our hearts with joy as we place our faith and trust in him. As we daily place our trust in Christ, Christmas becomes an amazing season which calls us to hope as well as offers us hope through the Good News of Jesus Christ to those around us. May your hearts be filled with hope as you continually trust in and set your eyes on Jesus.      ~ Pastor Mitch