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Advent Blog Week 1: Hope

Advent finding hope

November 27 – December 3, 2016

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2

This is the first week of Advent; a time when we wait in anticipation for the earthly birth of our Divine Creator.  With this birth, we are enlightened to the model life we are to lead.  Up to this point we have been “walking in darkness” and with the birth we will see the “great light”.  In this 4-week series, I want to reflect on this waiting time and what it means spiritually.  Each week we’ll look at a different theme – Week 1 – Hope, Week 2 – Peace, Week 3 – Joy, and Week 4 – Love.

Hope

What are we hoping for?  Each of us at some point in our life have or will have hoped for the ultimate rescuer.  That one person we can count on that will take care of us, will never betray us, love all our warts and our successes.  We are all wanting and waiting for that one person that will love us unconditionally.  Jesus is that person.  Jesus is our hero.

“He will keep you strong to the end, . . .” (1Corinthians 1:8)

Keeping this in mind, how will you live your life today?

Can you live your life today as if it is the only day left?  As if it is the only day that matters?  What might the day look like?

Instead of a day of worry about what the future will bring we can be confident that no matter what, all will be well.  If we believe Jesus, our ultimate rescuer, will keep us safe and provide avenues for all our needs to be met today, then we can also believe Jesus will do the same tomorrow and every day into the future.

During this first week of Advent let’s keep the light of Hope burning in our hearts and remember our ultimate rescuer – Jesus is on His way.

Reflection:

Think of a time when life was bleak – how did your ultimate rescuer, Jesus stand by you and provide?

What are you worrying about now?  Is it possible to give that worry to Jesus?

Each time you think of the worry say this prayer – Jesus handle ___________ because I can’t.

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