Merry Christmas 2020! No, really ...
I sometimes complain about 2020, but truth be told, I'm grateful for 2020.
I'm not grateful for suffering, for being less connected with my family and church family, for the impact on our youth and children, or for the impact on businesses. And I'm not cheering on 2020 as judgment on sinful man.
But I'm grateful. We got another year of life. We had a challenge to face together. We got to examine what "church" really means. We got to see that God blesses even when times get harder. We got to pray to God in new ways for new things.
We still can worship Jesus. We still have reason for hope and joy and peace. We still are a church family. We still have the same mission to make disciples of all nations. Jesus is still our King on the throne reigning in glory and preparing the world for His great return.
Hebrews 12:18-29 (ESV):
18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly[a] of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
25 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.