We are kicking off our Advent series with a focus on hope. To fully grasp our Living Hope in Jesus, let’s apply this eternal hope to various realities and explore His Word. While this Hope is a gift from God, we must choose and live in Hope!
To choose hope, we remember His faithfulness in the past.
To choose hope, we acknowledge suffering. Just this week I’ve heard of so much death, disease, illness, depression, bitterness, and poverty. Our world in suffering. We are suffering.
To choose hope, we must forget our own failures and successes, our pain and our pride. The things of this world and want to overcome our hope. Our waiting gets messy when we let our minds wander . . . let’s wonder in the things of Jesus.
To choose hope, we anticipate and expectantly wait on Christ’s return. Just as the world waited on the coming of the Messiah, we now wait on His return. We cling to faith and get to choose to wait in His Living Hope, having eternal hope for a day when there is not more suffering or pain or pride.
To choose hope this Christmas, we share the Reason for the Season with others. Our world needs hope! May we burn bright with hope!
Sing a new song to the Lord!
Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
Sing to the Lord; praise his name.
Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
He is to be feared above all gods.
Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.
Let all the earth tremble before him.
Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.
He will judge all peoples fairly.
Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!