Watching the news I, like many, have been deliberating on my Christmas plans. What’s the best to do? Brexit is still anyone’s guess. It’s an uncertain and troubled world.

In northern Nigeria over 300 boys have been kidnapped by Boko Haran. How awful for them and their parents. Over 100 of the Chibok girls kidnapped 5 years ago have never been released. Leah Sharibu, kidnapped nearly 3 years ago as a 15 year old and refusing to deny her faith, still remains in captivity. How she, they, need help and hope.

2 000 years ago it was hard for Mary and Joseph. A 70 mile journey they were forced to make by the occupying power. No guest room. A vassal king on the throne with a reputation for terrible acts. It wasn’t a happy time then either.

But a boy was born to bring hope; to shine a light in the darkness. An incredible point in history but revealed only to shepherds at the bottom of the social ladder and foreign astronomers. Do we walk past hope hidden in plain sight? Are we hope bringers to those who need it?

Thanks for your continued support. I reached the 40% figure this week. Your donations bring hope to those who most need it.

Published by adrian60

Turning 60 is a door to a new decade. I want to use these years positively, starting with the next one. So I want it to be a year of trying different things as well as familiar one and to do a couple of challenges. 60 things at 60 with the aim of raising £6 000 for the charity Open Doors, serving persecuted Christians around the world, many who live with very little. Would you be part of the adventure with me?

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