As 2016 comes to an end, we reflect on a year that was filled with too many stories of senseless violence, political power struggles, and natural disasters. We struggled to find words of hope or peace. There are no easy answers for refugees. There is no quick fix for nations that are healing. We mourn the loss of innocent lives.
And yet a couple days ago we celebrated Christmas. Is celebrate the right word?
Perhaps yes. Because we can celebrate the fact that even during the most difficult years, there is good news. And the good news is we serve a God who loved the world so much that he sent his one and only Son to give us eternal life. Jesus came close to us. He experienced the very worst this world has to offer. He defeated the darkness! He gave us hope.
And this hope changes everything.
So as we look ahead to 2017, I'd love to hear what Bible verse gives you hope for the coming year. I'll share my verse in the comments below and look forward to hearing yours as well!