While making this poster I decided to use the word joyful instead of merry because I realized that for so many people these are not merry times. I chose joyful because I believe that the joy God gives is not dependent upon our circumstance whatever that may be. And hope according to God’s word does not make us ashamed. It will not leave us without an anchor. As we count down to 2017, I pray His joy and hope for you and yours. Amen.