It’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost over.  We hear that, and many of us become filled with joy that it’s finally coming to an end.  However, just because the calendar says it’s almost over, doesn’t mean the virus is over.  Covid-19 may very well be with us into much of 2021. Looking back on 2020, there was a lot of grief, uncertainty, sickness and death.  For many, it was also a time of extreme financial stress.  But in the midst of so much sadness and craziness, I still find myself feeling hopeful as we move into Advent and Christmas.  We will be celebrating the Christ-child, Emmanuel, God with us.  And this is no small thing.

December is a time to remember that God has been with us throughout all of these weird 2020 days.  God has been in hospitals when no one else was allowed in.  God has been in nursing homes with those who feel alone and isolated.  God has been with scientists as they work hard for answers.  God has been with teachers, students, and parents as they’ve navigated unchartered waters.  God has been with doctors and nurses as they work tirelessly to heal and overcome so much adversity.  Overall, God has been with us.

Yes, 2020 will be a year to remember.  But, so will December, as we celebrate and give thanks to God for loving us so much that God comes to us in the person of Jesus.  Christmas may look different this year, but somehow and someway we will still hold our candles high and remember.  We’ll remember the light that shines in the darkness.

And the darkness has not overcome it.

In God’s holy peace,

Pastor Derek