Dear Honey Run Guests,
During this time of advent, many people are joy-filled with the sights and sounds of the season, but many are hurting. This time of the year reminds us of those who are no longer celebrating with us. It amplifies their absence and snuffs out the joy for those of us remaining. And there are those of us who have just received word that we are facing our own mortality as we fight a wicked disease that has declared war on our body. There are families who have loved ones in battlefields as we speak. There are refugees fighting for their daily survival. There are evil doers plotting harm to innocent victims at this very moment. Addictions are destroying families and ravaging individuals. How could anyone be happy at this moment in time with these tragedies?
Christmas ushers in hope. On a plain day, in a plain land, with plain and ordinary people, God brought us our Savior. And Christmas is the day we celebrate the birth of hope through Jesus. With the birth of Jesus, we are promised more than a hiatus from our sorrows and pains; we are offered redeeming grace. We are often reminded of the bible verse John 3:16 when watching a sporting event with someone holding up a sign, but I wonder why they stop at that verse. The following verse, John 3:17, has always carried more weight for me when it says, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
So that is what Christians are celebrating at Christmas. Hope in their Savior that has come into our world to relate to us, to help us, to save and redeem us. We in return must live as Jesus lived and love our brothers and sisters of the world. My Christmas prayer is that we all can lay down our egos and selfish desires and help our neighbor, to lift up those that are hurting, and share the many blessings we have received in our life. I admit that I fail at living this ideal daily, but this season reminds me of how I want to live. It is my prayer and Christmas wish that I make strides in getting better this year, and for all the years to come, that I am blessed to be a present in this life.
I pray that you are blessed this Christmas.
Your imperfect and humbled Innkeeper,