First Week of Advent: Hope
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen: It gives us assurance about the things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Christmas is a season of hope and wonder, but not always what we might imagine. Maybe you have heard these “hopes”. I hope Santa brings me that red bike we saw, or I hope I get the new Star Wars game or even I really hope we have a white Christmas.
Looking at hope this way is merely a form of wishing. But the hope that comes to us at Christmas is one in which we can depend. The Jews had been promised by God that God would send a Messiah. They had been through many trials, captivity in Egypt and the destruction of their beloved city of God, Jerusalem. They were ready for a leader who would be a hero, one who would conquer their enemies. But what they got was a tiny baby born in a stable. They wanted a warrior but they got a Savior. Some never understood, but God sent what they needed. God kept God’s promise and continues to even in 2011.
What are those promises? We can turn to God in times of crisis. God provides for us in time of need and God loves you as His own child. God’s promises are good and sure and always kept.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for the promise of a Messiah, who came not to wage war but to give us everlasting life and hope for the future. By our words and actions, help us to bring the hope of Christ and Christmas to those who feel hopeless. In His name we pray. Amen.