Signed, Sealed, Delivered For Christmas, and Hope at Christmastime

Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas, and Hope at Christmastime

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In Signed, Sealed, and Delivered For Christmas, Oliver, Rita, Norman, and Shane (whom Oliver formally calls Ms. McInerney) have a very special job – they track down the recipients of undelivered mail, and deliver it to them. At Christmas time, they run the Dear Santa project, where they provide the gifts for children that they requested in their letters to Santa. At the last minute, they receive a letter that’s a little bit different – it was addressed to God, rather than Santa! It’s from a girl whose mother’s in the hospital. They do their best to track her down, and give her a Merry Christmas. Throughout the process, Ms. McInerney appears uncomfortable, due to memories of the Christmas her dad walked out on her, and she personally wrote a letter to God that she hadn’t received a response to. Also, Oliver is given another last minute letter to deliver that a child had sent to God a long time ago, but he just can’t seem to track down its writer. As the four of them help out the little girl whose mom is in the hospital, will the mystery solve itself?

The fact that her dad had left when she was a child and didn’t come back after she mailed her letter to God caused Ms. McInerney to reject Him. At one point, she opens up to Oliver about what happened that Christmas, and he says that sometimes, someone else having a great Christmas can cause us to relive our pain if we don’t let Christmas do its job, and that the way to hold firm in a storm is “. . . by trusting that that the one thing that matters in this world will never let go (of you).” He continues on to tell her “Perfect love casts out all that pain, all that fear, and replaces it with hope, and hope is what you were asking for.” He concludes by saying “. . . every Christmas since, hope is what you have been given . . . It’s right here for you.”

Maybe you’re dealing with a painful situation. Maybe, like Ms. McInerney, you’ve become skeptical towards God because of what you’re going through. Maybe the holidays, which are supposed to be filled with joy, seem to intensify the pain you’re going through, by contrast. If so, know that God’s perfect love is ready to meet you right where you are, and bring about healing in your life. The Christmas story is all about hope – hope for a world that couldn’t save itself, but now wouldn’t need to, because a Savior had been born. The hope that because of what He’s done for us, we can now approach God with confidence. Hope that no matter what’s going on in our lives, He will find a way to rescue us if we’ll open ourselves up to Him.

Romans 15:13 says “. . . may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Know that if you’ll come to God, He will cause you to overflow with hope this holiday season. Don’t keep your distance from Him. Turn to Him, and receive the hope that He is offering you!

You Are His!

You Are His!This week’s memory verse is Isaiah 43:1. It tells us not to fear, because God has redeemed us, and summoned us by name, and we are His.

We have been redeemed. At the cross, Jesus paid the price to save us, and set us free. In Him we have redemption – the forgiveness of all of our sins (Ephesians 1:7). He bought us back at a high cost. Now we can have a relationship with the One who made us!

God has called us by name. He knows who we are. He is familiar with all of our ways (Psalm 139:3). He has numbered the hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30)! He cares about each of us individually, and He has a plan for each of us. He knows the plans He has for us, and they are for our prosperity, not our harm – to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)!

You are His! Wherever you go, God is with you. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, then He is your Heavenly Father, and you are His child. No mistake that you make, no failure on your part, can change that! None can pluck you out of His hand (John 10:28)!

Fear not. You have been redeemed and summoned by name. You are His!

The God Of Hope

The God Of HopeThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Romans 15:13. This verse says may the God of hope, as we trust in Him, fill us with joy and peace, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may overflow with hope.

Have you ever been in a situation that made you feel hopeless? No matter what we are facing, there’s no need for us to be without hope, because the God of hope is with us! If we ask Him, He will fill us with His joy and peace, which the world can’t take from us. As we fix our eyes upon Him, we will be lifted out of hopelessness, and overflow with hope!

God is the One from whom our hope comes (Psalm 62:5). If we place our hope in those around us, they will let us down, for try as they might, people make mistakes. God, on the other hand, is perfect. He will never let us down. Therefore, if we place our hope in Him, we will never be disappointed!

Allow the God of hope to fill you with joy and peace. Trust in Him, and find hope, regardless of your circumstances!

He Is With You

He Is With YouGod is our light and salvation (Psalm 27:1). He is always with us, as a mighty warrior, to save us (Zephaniah 3:17). With Him on our side, we have nothing to fear.

Our God is a good God. His plans for us are for our prosperity, not for our harm (Jeremiah 29:11). Those who seek Him lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10). No matter what your circumstances, trust that your Heavenly Father will take care of you.

Let us set our hope on the Lord, for He will never disappoint. We can place our confidence in His goodness and love. Regardless of whatever situation we may find ourselves in, we will be kept in perfect peace if our mind is stayed on Him (Isaiah 26:3).

The Lord is with you. You have nothing to fear. He is a good God, with good plans for you. Set your hope on Him, and see His provision manifest in your life!

God’s Goodness

God's GoodnessThis week’s memory verse for Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Jeremiah 29:11. This verse speaks of God’s plans for us. They are plans to prosper us, not to harm us. They are plans to give us hope and a future.

God has plans for your life. He hasn’t forgotten you or left you on your own. He will never leave nor forsake you
(Deuteronomy 31:6). He is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).

Our God is a good God. His plans for you are good. As your Heavenly Father, He has your interests at heart. He desires for you to live the best quality of life.

Here are some scriptures that speak of the goodness of our God:

  • He is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17).
  • He gives what is good to those who ask (Matthew 7:11).
  • We are invited to taste and see that He is good (Psalm 34:8).
  • The one who seeks Him will not lack any good thing (Psalm 34:10).
  • He is good, and His love endures forever (Psalm 107:1).
  • All the days of our lives, His goodness and love will follow us (Psalm 23:6).

This week, take courage in the fact that God’s plans for you are good. Place your trust in His amazing goodness and love!

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