“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 downtown Baltimore, 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 feel their shame as I talk with them. I’m overwhelmed at the state of our world—not just because of Covid—but because people are desperate for God, without knowing what they need.

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’ words, “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
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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.

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