“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those on whom his favor rests.’”

Peace on Earth.

These three words from Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem weave their way through many of the Christmas songs we enjoy this time of year.  They have also been three words I have been thinking about lately.  To be honest, the month of December has been quite busy for me and our family so far, and there are still many things on our to-do list.  Perhaps you can relate?

As we make our way through this busy but wonderful time of year, I am so grateful for the opportunity we have to share the hope we have in Jesus through the music you hear on Life 101.9.  In a time where distractions come in many shapes and sizes, the music reminds us of the true meaning of the Christmas season, and brings encouragement to friends like Andrea, who said:

“In April my dad lost a 16 month battle with brain cancer. I have cried more the last few months than I probably have in my entire life. Having a 30 minute commute, I have chosen to listen to nothing but Life 101.9, and in my moments of frustration, exhaustion, and sometimes anger God’s word comes to me through the song lyrics to comfort me, to guide me to seek His help, and to remind me God is my peace and calm in the storm.

And Dennis, who shared:

“I wanted to thank all of you for the work your station does and the mission of spreading the good news.  Our family has been journeying though a very difficult valley.  My wife is battling stage 4 cancer and my youngest son has a very complicated case of Chron’s disease.  Through the music and word of God you all have been there to provide comfort, peace and hope.”

It’s an amazing privilege to partner with you to share God’s unconditional love with Eastern Iowa.  It’s our prayer that true Joy that can only come from Him is yours this Christmas, and that even during this busy season, you find peace on earth.

Merry Christmas!

Matt Deane

Station Manager

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