Jill Boyd speaking. The Christmas story is a story of hope. But for some at this time of year it's difficult to see past everything Christmas has become - good and bad - and say "let it be unto me according to Your word". If you're seeing sickness, broken relationships, lack, etc, it can be hard to take God at His word and see health, restored relationships, prosperity or whatever. But real hope enables us to do that. Be encouraged that God is working His goodness in your life even when you can't always see it or feel it. Choose to trust in His unending love for you, and approach 2012 with the confident expectation that He is faithful to His promises - not just for everyone else who seems to be doing well, but for you too.