Christmas is a Promise and the Promise has once again come true. Share with me the words of Ken Bible who wrote:

"Christmas is the story of a Promise.

For hundreds of years, God had been making promises to His people.

He had promised a Prince, a Shepherd, a Healer, a Conqueror, a Prophet, a Priest, a Lion, a Lamb.

He had promised Peace. He had promised Freedom. He had promised Love and Life without end. Finally, one evening in the blackness of midnight, the promises all came wrapped together as one magnificent Promise.

The Promise was a Baby. The Promise was Immanuel. The Promise was God himself. Christmas is the story of a Promise, and the Promise is Jesus."

Charles Dickens wrote, "I will hold Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year through."

This could be a challenge for each of us.

We might begin the New Year with the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi:

"Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace:

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is discord, union;

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled, as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved, as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal life."

Happy New Year!