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A different year. A weary world

Dear Sir,

Exactly 12 months ago, I recall thinking ahead to 2020 and contemplating that businesses and organisations everywhere would jump on the popular “20/20 Vision” phrase in an endeavour to forecast plans and goals for the year ahead. It would be perfect! Not so much!

I have smiled as folks have tried to bring some light-heartedness and laughter during this pandemic, especially as we neared Christmas, by sending along lines such as “No Zoom in the Inn” or “You’re on Mute — again!”

Probably more fitting to our reality, at least from my perspective, is a line in the Christmas carol O Holy Night.

It is this: “... a thrill of hope the weary world rejoices ...”

This whole year has been a time of uncertainty and great concern for the wellbeing of people everywhere! As this Christmastime, I am reminded that life at the time of Jesus’s birth and coming was also very precarious. On that very first Christmas, Jesus entered a world with political strife, economic uncertainty, chaotic rulership, oppressive government, high taxes and an environment of marginalising the weak.

Into that unrest and fear came the Prince of Peace and Promised Messiah. Jesus came to and for a weary world — a weary people. And yet, despite it all, His birth provided opportunity for rejoicing and hope to all who received it.

Advent has always been a season of waiting, of finding light in the darkness and hope amid despair. And we’re waiting now! We’re waiting and we’re weary! Waiting for freedom, healing, restoration, relief, normal.

I have hope for you!

Jesus says: “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy-laden ... and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

He knows that we get worn down by life and that we get soul-weary. He wants us to come to Him, to exchange our weariness for rest. He is the great provider, miracle worker, way maker, light in the darkness and so much more!

Major Sandra Stokes, Bermuda's divisional leader of the Salvation Army (File photograph)

He provides refreshment so we can continue our journey of life. Please don’t stay from Him — no need to distance — but come close and draw near. Don’t disconnect, but reconnect more deeply. Without a doubt, He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Weary world, rejoice! God is with us.

Weary world, find comfort! He will never leave us.

Weary world, a thrill of hope awaits you!

God bless you, Bermuda! Wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas filled with much hope, joy and love.

Thank you for your faithful support of the work of The Salvation Army. We are indebted to you and your generosity again this year. We are privileged to serve and know we have a community committed to helping community!

Because of you, we continue to give hope today! God bless you.

MAJOR SANDRA STOKES

Divisional Leader

Salvation Army

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Published December 28, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated December 27, 2020 at 11:40 am)

A different year. A weary world

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