God's word in today's world

A final letter

Once again we’ve reached the end of the year. The first normal year after COVID, or was it? Some of us had to catch up with all the stuff from the past two years while, at the same time, facing this year’s own challenges. Some got there, others didn’t.

Everybody is tired. Tired of the relentless loadshedding, and political and other challenges.

At times like these, we can look upwards, with arms outstretched, and say with the psalmist: “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” That’s all that counts. The rest is noise. And that’s the truth – only our Father can give us strength, wisdom and courage to face the future.

This Christmas time, my wish for you is that the One whose birth we are celebrating will visit you specially and that you will put your hope in Him. May He take you in His arms and protect you against the attacks from the world.

In this busy world, we often rush past one another. That’s why, at the end of this year, I want to thank you for journeying with us. Thank you for letting us pop up on your screen a few times a week. Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to work with you in this way.

Thank you to everyone who joined the conversation, everyone who encouraged, everyone who sometimes disagreed with us. Thank you to every donor who made it possible for us to keep this big bus on the spiritual roads.

It is a great privilege for us here at Crossroads247 to have been chosen by our Father to be in His service full-time. We feel small and sometimes indeed wonder why He chose us. And sometimes we are surprised by it, but when we lift up our eyes to the hills, we know our help comes from the One who made heaven and earth.

If you have the privilege of going away during this festive period, may you switch off all the engines swiftly and have a good rest. If you have to keep working, may you have the strength to keep going. But even more, no matter where you are, may we experience Jesus Christ with us everywhere.

Be safe. Savour every moment and remember: push it into the red and enjoy!

Gerjo Ben, Renata and the Crossroads team

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