We cleaned and decorated, cooked and cooked, set the table, and waited in anticipation. Would the two refugee families we had invited for Christmas Eve come? Had they understood the meaning of our invitation, the day, the time, through the language barriers? Did they have the courage to enter a stranger's house in a strange country? We prayed and hoped.
And then they came. Hope fulfilled. What a glorious evening we shared together! As you look forward to 2016 we pray that by the power of the reality of Christmas, Immanuel - God with us, you are filled with hope, and that by the work of the Holy Spirit you might experience hope fulfilled.
Blessed Christmas, Hopeful New Year!
Jason and Sue