We have missed not being with our loved ones. Not holding and hug them and show them we care very much for them. We have lost loved relatives and friends without even saying goodbye. We did not even attend their funerals for various reasons.
No wonder some are losing faith, hope and trust ... in anything.
Let me tell you a story.
Years ago, a man called Moses led the Jews to the Promised Land. On the way there, many of his followers suffered various hardships. They complained, and whined and moaned. They lost all hope and trust in his leadership. They even lost faith in their God and rebelled against Him. They relied on their own man-made gods created out of precious metals.
Like we are doing now.
No wonder spending is on the increase in many sectors of the economy. Food, drinks, jewellery, perfumes, entertainment and so on. People are searching for a distraction from their present situation which seems never to end.
With hindsight and 2020 vision it is fair to say that this year has been a disastrous one for many and best forgotten.
However, it is important to keep alive faith, hope and trust in our Lord.
It is our duty, our responsibility, to do so.
To be a Christian is to have faith and trust in God. To have hope in His love and mercy.
Christianity is not a badge to wear on one's lapel. It is a way of life.
It is right that at this time we celebrate Christmas and decorate our homes, both outside and indoors. Even if no one will visit to see it.
It is our sign to the world that we trust and believe that God will listen to our prayers and will respond generously in His time and in His way.
Celebrating Christmas is the best birthday present we can give Jesus at this time.
Of course, we are not immune from our own rants and moans about our own situations right now. As Christians we should help and support each other as well as those God places in our lives who need help.
Feel free to rant and rave and moan in the comments box below, or write to me at email@example.com if you prefer.
We may not have any solutions but at least we will be able to pray together in the sure knowledge that He is amongst us and listening as He has promised to do.
Let us keep faith and hope alive in our hearts and trust in God always.