Can you believe we’re coming up on Christmas in just over a week? I love celebrating with my family and loved ones. Christmas carols, decorating the tree, baking, reflecting on the story of Jesus’ birth – all of these holiday traditions bring me joy.

But I know this time of year does not guarantee joy. Perhaps you’re grieving the death of a loved one. Maybe your family is feeling the strain of the economy or facing the loss of a job while surrounded with messages of “Buy this! Buy that!” Or perhaps there’s a broken relationship that has yet to be reconciled.

In all of these difficult things, I’d like to draw our attention back to the true reason for the season: Jesus.

This is why I’m excited to tell you about a new nine-part video series called Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus. In this free series, author Kim Meeder will show you how you can deepen your faith and experience Christ-centred peace when you’re frustrated, disillusioned, and even depressed in the face of life’s trials and challenges.

As you watch this series, I hope you’ll feel deeply loved by the Creator of the universe and powerfully reminded that we’ve been redeemed by Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas and may the joy of Christ be bright in your life.


Jean-Paul Beran, MA
 Focus on the Family Canada