Consider this quote by Kathie Hempel from “Lean Towards the Light This Advent and Christmas Season” compiled by Christine Aroney-Sine & Lisa DeRosa.

“Hope is what was given that first Christmas. Hope is what sustains us in the tough times, during the longest of long and lonely nights. In hope, we remember that the times when the end seems nearest, there is yet the promise of new beginnings.

When the night seems too long, we need to treasure this hope in our hearts and think on these things.

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’ (Jeremiah 29:11-13).”

Read pages 138-141 for today’s full devotional “The Mood of Christmas & When the Longest Night Never Seems to End.”