Wishing you, our users and readers a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from all of us at IDM!
Even as I write the greeting above I’m all too aware of the Coronovirus pandemic that has impacted us all this year. What a year it has been!
While we have all been impacted one way or another, some have been more severely impacted, even with the loss of loved ones, while others much less so. We need to be conscious of this and respectful of this and the ongoing risks. We need to encourage and lift up in prayer those in need, our friends, our neighbors and those around us at this time. We need to be there for them, help them, show love to them.
I think of last year and when people would say “I can’t wait for 2020 because…” and even now as people say “I can’t wait for next year…”.
This time of year, as we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Despite what is going on right now, we need to be careful what we wish for, more importantly as Jesus says in the Bible in Mathew 6:34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Hasn’t that proven to be true today!
That verse comes at the conclusion of a passage where Jesus in Matthew 6:25 talks about not being anxious. How true is is that while it’s normal for many to worry and be anxious (myself included), we need not be. Being anxious changes nothing, but praying to God changes everything and when I pray to God, to Jesus and ask for His peace, He calms the storm in my life and brings peace.
Ask God today for that peace that comes only through Him and the sacrifice Jesus made when he died on the cross and was resurrected so that we can spend eternity with Him!
Despite all that has happened in 2020 we have so very much to be thankful for. Let us not forget that and let us use this Christmas and Holiday time to show love and encouragement to others, to help and bless them as we are able.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message and our sincere thanks from all of the IDM team for being part of what makes IDM possible and allows us to support many people and organizations around the world.
Whatever you celebrate, whatever your faith, we wish you very Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.
Thank you again and may God bless you.
Ian and the IDM Team
P.S. One of the organizations we support because of their financial integrity and commitment to helping others in need in the US and around the world is Convoy of Hope.