This letter was forwarded to me by a friend. WBGL is our local Christian radio station.
Over the weekend, a number of families in Newtown, Connecticut began taking down their Christmas decorations. After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, many were asking themselves (quite understandably) how they could possibly celebrate at a time like this?
Maybe you're asking yourself the same question this year. Not because you lost a child on Friday, but because you've experienced loss nonetheless.
Perhaps you've lost a loved one. Perhaps you've lost your job. Perhaps your marriage has crumbled, or your child has turned away from God...and you cannot imagine a celebration of any kind this year.
When tragedies like these happen at Christmas, be encouraged: tragedies like these are the very reason Christmas happened at all. Jesus was born in a manger to rescue a world that was just as full of pain, heartache, and evil then as it is now.
And while our Savior's arrival doesn't erase our hurt today, it does offer us hope today. God knows what you're going through, and 2,000 years ago he miraculously provided a way to one day reunite with those we've lost, repair broken relationships, and restore life to what he designed it to be in the very beginning. And that is something worth celebrating.
From all of us at WBGL, Merry Christmas! May you find the peace and joy that can only come from Jesus this year.
The Morning Show with Tim & Pam