As we approach Christmas and the New Year, do you find yourself wondering what the news in 2021 will be? We all experienced significant challenges during 2020. Some important personal relationships might have changed, you might have had financial disappointments, or maybe you have had heartbreaking losses. Regardless, each of us have had our own unique personal struggles.

So, how will the news in 2021 be different than 2020?

As difficult as 2020 has been, people have been ‘hoping for change’ throughout history. Think about the Christmas Hymn ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ in which the author pleads for God to come to our rescue. Imagine the Israelites that suffered in Egypt and hoped for the Messiah to come and change their plight.

Moses’s experience with God at the burning bush might give you an answer. God told Moses that He has seen us, He has heard us, and He will come to his people (Exodus 3:7–8). He knows your deepest struggles, your disappointments, and your devastating heartbreaks. Not just the ones of 2020, but all of your hurts and needs.

So, do you want the good news? The news I have for you is not ‘breaking news’ but is trustworthy and reliable.

Christ has seen, has heard, and understands your unique, deepest, and most profound hurts and needs, and wants to come to you to be Emmanuel, God with you. Are you hungry for something missing in your life? Christ is the bread of life (John 6:35). Are you thirsty for some positive change? Christ can give you water welling up to eternal life (John 4:14). Do you feel stressed, confused, and need advice? He is the Prince of Peace and the Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6). Are you alone and need hope for 2021? Christ is hope and wants a personal relationship with you.

So, during the Christmas season, please have hope for the New Year because of Emmanuel, the God of hope that promises never to leave you whatever the news of 2021 might bring your way (Romans 15:13).

So, during the Christmas season, please have hope for the New Year because of Emmanuel, the God of hope that is with us and promises to preserve you whatever the news of 2021 might bring your way (Romans 15:13).

Jason Jordan, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education