Hope was born on Christmas Eve into a world that was chaotic, rocking and reeling. “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.” Isaiah 9:2a To our minds, what a crazy way to save the world…sending a baby? “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;” Isaiah 9:6a Yet all these centuries later as we still see the amazing effects of this Christ-child upon humanity and how the concepts of compassion and mercy were exemplified through Him and made possible by Him. “And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6b Even now we see great and powerful acts of love and heroism, inspired by His life, amid the turmoil, the chaos, the grief, the things we just shake our heads over… “There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace.” Isaiah 9:7a The world is still rocking and reeling, and the story is not over. But because of this babe in the manger, we have true hope. Christmas is giving, because God have us Jesus. Happy Birthday to the baby born in Bethlehem. Silent night, peace to your souls, and Merry Christmas.