The Joy of Christmas in a Turbulent Year

Yea, it’s been a tough year for many of us. It was as though a blanket of darkness were spread over the year, and we longed desperately for a glimmer of light. There are many of us who seem to have lost everything. Now, as the year fades away, we wonder what’s left. Well, there’s the hope of good days to come—not only for the years ahead of us, but also forevermore. Nothing symbolises this hope more than Christmas. A light shines in you, brighter than all your troubles. It is the mystery of Jesus’ birth. It is the joy of salvation.

2020 has left a void around us. It sure feels like we’ve lost more than we’ve gained. But, the one thing that can’t disappear—that thing that keeps us going—is the hope of a world without pain. For many of us, that notion may seem far-off, almost unimaginable. But, you have to remember this: there was darkness, then there was light. And the joy of Christmastime is a reminder of that fact.

Admitted, there are still so many questions and confusion about this world and our place in it. And, it’s normal to keep on asking, and wondering; but, we won’t lose ourselves to the gloom. We’ll remain united in the face of this pandemic; in the face of world hunger, and everything that threatens the peace of humankind. And we’ll do this because we still hope for a world without pain and sorrow.

It is with this hope that we fight. We fight for the memories of those who are gone ahead of us; and we fight to help create a better world for those not yet born. In all this, we remember that the other person is not an enemy. Our common foe is the idea of giving up on hope. That’s why we hold on to the promise of everlasting life. And that’s why we feel the joy of Christmas, even in turbulent times.

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