“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33.

Oftentimes during the Christmas season, I meditate on the reason Jesus came to earth, more often than focusing on how He came. I love the birth story of Jesus; it is powerful and a fulfilled prophecy. However, I try to reflect on Jesus’ purpose for robing Himself in flesh to dwell among us (John 1:1, 2, 14). He came to save His people from their sins, to bring peace in the midst of tribulation, to heal, deliver, and to redeem.

When I read the paper, watch the news, drive down the highway, or just walk around Target, my heart cries out over a brokenhearted people. I look in to empty eyes, full of sorrow and pain. I can sometimes feel their shame as I talk with them. I’m overwhelmed at the state of our world, people need Jesus.

Now, more than ever, we have a message of hope. We are heralds of the great gospel of Jesus Christ. We can impart salvation by speaking Jesus’ message, “in a world full of tribulation, be of good cheer, Jesus has overcome the world.”

If you are overwhelmed today by life I want you to know that we serve a God that is touched with the feeling of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15). Feel free to leave a prayer request below, I give you my word I will go before the throne of God on your behalf. We are in this together. I hope you feel the cheer of the Lord, despite external circumstances—our God is so able!


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.


  1. Kelley Lewis

    Thank you for your posts. I really enjoy reading them.
    Please pray for my children. Thank you so much.
    Merry Christmas.

  2. I am not into Christmas thus year, I have no joy it seems like nothing is the same. My children do not have time for me any more. I need God’s peace and joy restored in my life!