Advent Devotional: Friday, December 6

Linda Kurtz

Friday, First Week of Advent: Hope
December 6, 2013

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” 
Romans 15:13.  

The spirit of hope is a wonderful thing.  It sustains us in our darkest hours and gives us a sense of peace as we anticipate the future.  But sometimes, even as Christians, we may face circumstances in our lives that deprive us of hope.  Illness, loss, grief, depression, a sudden family crisis, all of these can diminish our hope until our lives seem meaningless and our futures uncertain.

When our son was critically injured in a motorcycle accident last year, God showed us the living, breathing reality of hope.  As we sped towards the U.K. Med Center on that terrible day, we were anticipating the worst while praying frantically that our son would survive without brain damage or paralysis.  I was on the verge of panic when suddenly, inexplicably, the still small voice of God spoke gently to my frightened heart.  “Be still.  Everything will be all right.  Have courage and trust in me.”  At that moment, a beautiful sense of peace and hopefulness filled my entire being and I knew that our son would recover.

At the hospital, we found our son on a ventilator, his leg crushed, with broken ribs, collapsed lungs and cracked vertebrae.  Life giving fluids were being pumped into his body to replace the massive loss of blood from his burst spleen.

Yet even in the midst of that nightmarish scenario, we could rejoice in the news that he was NOT brain damaged or paralyzed.  God had relieved our worst fears and even though his condition was still life threatening, the sense of God’s love and assurance that we had just experienced filled us with a hope that was beyond all our earthly understanding.

The road to recovery was long and difficult, but our son has a will of iron and with wonderful Christian friends to cheer him on, he slowly but surely returned to health and wholeness.

Today we take tremendous joy in the many goals he has accomplished while giving all thanks and praise to our loving God.

This Christmas, embrace the beautiful spirit of hope.  Let it be your watchword whatever your circumstances may be. As we claim God’s promises of hope and peace, we demonstrate our faith in a powerful way.  Our God is the God of hope, and nothing is impossible with Him.