Christmas is a season of hope, a story of hope to be grasped and brought into our lives to bolster our own hope. We need hope due to our sin infested world that tends to drain hope from life, leaving us to face the parched reality of the despair of difficulties sin brings. Though we were created in God’s Image and live in blessed hope of being connected to God, sin has made its indelible mark on us, separating us from God (Isaiah 59:2) with no human means to change our hopeless condition. This real-life tragedy would remain such if it were not for the hope of the Christmas story – the true story of God sending us His Son Jesus to be our savior to deal with our sin and so more (Isaiah 9:6-7, John 3:16). Because of Jesus there is hope; hope when all is lost, hope in waiting, hope beyond disappointment, and hope in chaos…this is a hope worth holding. We are to be holding onto hope this Christmas.