We all like to give and get gifts at Christmas. What was your favorite? I remember a race car track one year. We played with it all day. I love giving the gifts to my grandchildren. The smiles make all the hassle worth it.

The best Christmas gifts cannot be purchased in a store or wrapped in a box. The best gifts are intangible: hope, love, joy, and peace. These are the gifts God gave us when He gave us His Son.

This Sunday I will begin my sermon series, The Gifts of Christmas. I hope you will discover, receive and enjoy each gift. This Sunday I will talk about the Hope of Christmas.

Christmas can be a difficult time. As you look back over the year, you may realize many dreams have not been fulfilled. The present too, may be discouraging, with shortages of finances, food or maybe other difficulties like being laid off or even a death in the family.

It is well known that a lot of people go through depression in December. Some even commit suicide because they can’t seem to identify with the celebrations around them. Country legend Merle Haggard sang, ‘If we make it through December, everything is gonna be alright I know’. The song speaks about a father who has just lost his job at the factory and wondering how he can make Christmas special for his little daughter.

The Christmas story is one of hope. With Jesus’ birth came hope. Connected with the birth of Christ is a woman who can encourage us to find hope at Christmas. Her name is Anna. It is found in Acts 2:36-38.

Join us this Sunday,  @ 10:30 a.m. I want to share with you the story of Anna, a story of hope. You will discover how this very old widow can inspire you to hope at Christmas.

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