Christmas is a time of gift-giving. In preparation for a new year to breathe, live, and enjoy another spin around the sun, we might want to ask Christ for the gift of virtue as our Christmas present in 2022.
We’ll need virtue to live as fully as possible in the coming year. The source of the word “virtue” is clarifying; it comes from the Latin noun virtus, meaning “strength.” We don’t need to manage our lives without God’s strength, which is abundant. The more we rely on him, the more we are aware of his presence within us—an awareness that makes life vivid, meaningful, joyous!
We all have challenges. Christmas itself can be a challenge—trying to keep a happy cool when presents must be wrapped, cookies baked, and the house readied for guests. No need is too small for a powerful prayer: “Help!” Virtue, strength, is available for those who ask. “(We) can do all things through Christ who strengthens (us)” (Phil. 4:13).
I wish you and your family all the wonder and blessings of a Spirit-filled Christmas—and all the strength of a virtuous new year!