I know it can be tough to get Christmas cards out and even tougher when the holidays aren't as joyful as we would like them to be. In fact, when life is hard, we're tempted to not even celebrate the Christmas season. But, truly, it's the best time to do just that because if it weren't for our Savior's birth, we would indeed be without hope. Because He came to earth we have hope of a future in heaven.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Because of circumstances in my own life right now, I'm acutely reminded about what mercy is how it is such a critical part in my redemptive relationship with God. It was His complete mercy that He even saved me. It's easy for us to see ourselves as "not too bad" but when life turns us upside down, we have a much more clear picture of what we're really like and the good news about His mercy in our life comes into focus.