Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals, fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable—and most of all, fear puts hopelessness at the heart of life, while faith rejoices in its God.
—Harry Emerson Fosdick
Wow! When I came across this quote, I had to share it. These are timely words for this time of the year. This is the time when “faith” should cause us to rejoice in our God. When we really focus on the true meaning of this season we should be liberated, empowered, encouraged, and healed and eager to serve—and most of all willing to share the message of faith, hope and love.
Although Christmas is the time to celebrate the good news of peace, love and hope that the birth of Jesus Christ brought to earth, it can be one of the most stressful and depressing times of the year for some people. This is because life is filled with fearful transitions and challenges that affect all mankind as a result of Man’s fall in the Garden of Eden.
Still, the Good News is: God’s planned for Man to live victoriously and to triumph over the evil that’s ever present to ensnare his soul and spirit. The plan for a victorious and abundant life is through faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world, and Lord over all. In Him we live, move and have our being (existence). In Him, we have hope, unconditional love and inner peace to get us through the toughest of times, if we believe in Him, rely on Him, trust in Him, and obey His commands.
Search Scriptures, for in them in you will find and know the Truth. That truth will liberate you, empower you, encourage you, bring healing (wholeness, peace) to your mind and emotions, and put within you a desire to serve God and your fellowman, and most of all, place hope at the heart of life, and give you a reason to rejoice in this season.
I pray that you are filled with love, hope and peace this holiday season!
Scripture references: Genesis 3; Luke 2:13-14; John 5:38-40; Acts 17:11, 28; Colossians 1:26-28; Philippians 4:6-8