Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott


December 17, 2013

Dear Friend,

I love the phrase, “a thrill of hope,” in the Christmas carol, O Holy Night.

You face a difficult diagnosis. You hear of a new medicine that works.
             The thrill of hope!

You are struggling to survive in a flash flood. You hear the sound of a search helicopter.
             The thrill of hope!

You learn someone you deeply love may be visiting soon.
              The thrill of hope!

The thrill of hope ignites our spirit whenever we are in a tough place and we receive good news.

That’s why the words of O Holy Night first explain the tough place we are in: “Long lay the world in sin and error pining.”

You know very well the dark places in your soul, places in which you thirst for a truly good word.

Then the carol shares the really good news: “Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.”

Know these days of Christmas that the Lord who loves you comes to you, invites you to invite him into your life, embrace him as he embraces you and experience his love and forgiveness – right now – and every now! 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13*

With joy - E. Stanley Ott
Copyright 2013 E. Stanley Ott
*Scripture from the ESV