Annette Moreno, MA

She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger because there was no lodging available for them.  Luke‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭NLT

There is a popular Christmas song titled “Do You Hear What I Hear?” that includes the lyrics “Said the night wind to the little lamb, “Do you see what I see?‘” The song was written in 1962 by Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker. It’s a holiday classic that tells the nativity story through a series of questions and answers.

As we gear up for one of the most blessed times of the year, I have the same question for you: “Do you see what I see?”

Picture this: God, in all His glory, sends His only begotten son down from the heavenly realms to a world shrouded in darkness. Now, buckle up because if you view life through this extraordinary lens, this Christmas is about to take on a whole new sparkle. Despite life’s curveballs, circumstances, trials, tribulations, and pain—this lens has the power to shift and offer a radiant perspective to all those ready to embrace it. Do you see it?

Now, let’s zoom in on this remarkable lens of hope. Imagine Mary, a young, unwed virgin, carrying the weight of being the mother of a savior. Then, there’s Joseph, stepping up to marry Mary, even though she’s expecting—a unique start to marital bliss, right?

Hold on; we’re not done—Herod, an earthly king on his throne, in his thirst for power, issues a command to wipe out every newborn male upon hearing about the potential birth of a savior. Jesus, just a tiny babe, already facing a murderous demand for his life. A king of glory born in the most unexpected and challenging of circumstances.

Now, think about the Israelites, God’s chosen people. They’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of their king for over 400 years, with no prophets in sight. Some may have even wondered if God had forgotten them. Talk about a severe hope shortage!

Now, enter Christmas. It’s the grand reveal of our ultimate rescuer coming to life. Despite the odds, Jesus fulfills his mission and becomes Emmanuel, meaning “God with us.”

Here are three suggestions on how to see it and embrace this hope-filled perspective:

  1. Think Big. Don’t just celebrate Christ during December; instead, celebrate Christ throughout the year.
  2. Be the Bearers of Hope for Others. After all, God has a knack for turning tragedy into triumph. Spread that light, share that lens with those who may not see a way out.
  3. Light Bearers. As we approach this Christmas season, let’s make it a mission to be examples of why someone believes in this blessed hope. You don’t need a pulpit to share God’s Word.. I agree with St. Francis of Assis, who said, “Preach, use words if necessary.”

Wishing you all a season filled with joy, wonder, and the radiant light of hope.

Can you see it? 

I welcome your feedback.

Annette Moreno is a dedicated and accomplished faculty member, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as a VOBC Instructor. A Graduate of Vanguard University, in Leadership Studies and a missionary, her journey is a testament to her commitment to lifelong learning, leadership, and service. She continues to inspire and shape the next generation of leaders, leaving an indelible mark on both academia and the mission field.