In the address the President spoke of “tragic events” that were occurring in Poland under Communist oppression. He told of “brute force, killings, mass arrests, and the setting up of concentration camps… leaders are imprisoned, their fate unknown. Factories, mines, universities, and homes have been assaulted.”
That Christmas, Ronald Reagan gave a stern warning to the leaders of the Soviet Union and Poland that our country was prepared to take serious measures to defend the Polish people against the brutality and tyranny.
A mere ten years later, on December 25 in 1991, President George HW Bush gave his Christmas address. What a vastly different message our country heard that Christmas.
Bush announced to the nation that he had “witnessed one of the greatest dramas of the twentieth century… The Soviet Union itself is no more.” He reported it as “a day of great hope for all Americans. Our enemies have become our partners, committed to building democratic and civil societies.”
How quickly a great oppressive force of darkness in our world had been transformed by the light. Only ten years – a tiny blip in the great expanse of human history but so much had changed. Can there be any question that God watches over our world affairs and intervenes powerfully for people who are on the side of truth, goodness, freedom, and peace?
Advent is a season of promise and holding onto hope. Whatever the darkness you are facing this season take it to God. Go to your Father who sees everything and listen to what He promises. Through the coming of His Son, a Savior, things can be very different and quickly.
“You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’ See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.”
– Isaiah 40:9-10
Watch and listen carefully throughout the season of Advent. Persevere in fervent prayer, goodness, and hope – and you will see Him come. Peace.