What a year it’s been, right? For me, it’s gone by fast. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long since I wrote Is COVID-19 Keeping You Off The Water? In another sense, everything seems to have slowed down and some plans have been put on hold or canceled. We definitely live in a very different world now than last winter, one that nobody predicted.

I know many people who are afraid of this new world: medically, politically, financially, or all of the above. But I also know many who are not intimidated by this year’s change of events. For them and for my family, our hope for relief is not in this world. We are not of this world (John 17:14-16) but citizens of a different world (Philippians 3:20) and hope in its King alone (John 18:37).

The coronavirus is kind of ironic to me. The popular definition of the word corona is “likened to a crown.” Figuratively speaking, the virus came masquerading as a crown, like a king bent on oppressing, subjugating, or executing everyone in its path. Every power on earth has submitted to it in one way or another. No one is immune to it.

Yet when news of it strikes fear in many, He is my peace. When it attacked my body, He healed me. When it stole a portion of my life savings, He provided all my needs then, now, and will forever. Such a tiny king is no match for my King.

So again this Christmas, my family and I will celebrate His coming regardless of the threats. We are humble and grateful that He rescued us from a life of hope merely in this world, which is no real hope at all. I pray He is now or that you will soon make Him your King too because He has already overcome the world (John 16:33).

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Stephanie Ramirez says:

    Thank you for this post! I am home, quarantined because I have covid . No Christmas with family this year, yet I am blessed! And this post was a precious gift to me!

    Blessings to you and your family!!

  2. Hector Morales says:

    Merry Christmas! Awesome post!

  3. Graeme says:

    Thanks, I needed that. Merry Christmas

  4. Dee says:

    Amen brother!


  5. Bill Holland says:


  6. TOM R. LUQUE says:

    This is the anniversary of Charles dickens publishing “A Christmas Carol”.
    That and the movie “the man who invented Christmas” helps promote goodwill to others.
    Gods blessings to your family Ken.

  7. Hotmail says:

    Always appreciate your yearly testimonial. Thank you! And thanks for all your other boat-related tips, as well. Keep up the good work! Bob Elmer, Lynden, WA (I’m still currently boatless after renovating and selling an O’Day Mariner, but keeping an eye out for something big enough for my wife—in other words, a trailer boat with an enclosed head)

    Sent from my iPhone


  8. Roger says:

    Thankful for your powerful testimony.

  9. johnkornachuk says:

    Thanks for sharing what really matters at Christmas and in difficult times. Nothing better than knowing Jesus.

  10. Brian K Blair says:

    Thank you so much for your willingness to share your faith along with your love for sailing… and for the multitude of practical ideas you have shared over the years with folks like me who also cherish faith and sailing as well! Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

  11. Jeffrey Clark says:

    Thank you for all you do for the sailing community. While my sails are now permanently furled I always enjoy your contributions. I totally agree with your message. So… MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours.

  12. Kevin Patton says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  13. Stan says:

    Great post. Merry Christmas!

  14. Mr Del C Clark says:

    May the Joy of Christmas be with you and may the Hope of Advent be with us all.

  15. Jerry Ludgate says:

    What a great message! May God richly bless you and your family this Christmas and throughout the year ahead!

  16. Bill Schmitz says:


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