Well, what a year we are about to conclude. I don’t even need to list for you all the trials that entered each one of our lives. It has almost become laughable that there are changes every month in our focus and the object of our concern. I find it a bit ironic that this scenario has come upon us in the year 2020.
Prior to this year, a mention of the number 2020 would have brought up the suggestion of clear and healthy vision. The bouncing around of our concerns these past nine months from a pandemic, racial unrest, an election and the subsequent sorting out of the votes can cause us to truly question if we are seeing truth clearly. After a season of life where truth was relative, we now find that everyone is in adamant declaration of what we all need to believe as truth. All of this can certainly muddy our vision and destroy our focus. However, isn’t it wonderful to know that the Rock of our Salvation comes most clearly into view in this final month. Yes, when all else is on shifting, shaky ground, the Advent season and the birth of our Savior is the one place where we can direct our attention as our timeless source of hope.
Most years we are encouraging each other to keep our Christmas focused not on the strappings, the events, or the gift giving but on Jesus. This particular year may be a little easier in that regard, as travel and group gatherings are discouraged, however, let me implore you to put the state of our elected officials out of your vision this season and focus fully on the one true leader, Jesus Christ, who the Father appointed as Savior of the World before the beginning of time. For a true 2020 vision this season, let us, as the writer of Hebrews says, “Fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”