Emily Dickenson wrote that, “hope is the thing with feathers”. In her poem hope perches in the soul, ready to take flight. What a beautiful picture of the attentiveness and expectation of hope!
I love that the advent season starts with the candle of hope. It’s a reminder to turn our eyes toward Bethlehem because something wonderful is about to happen. Jesus is on His way. He’s coming – to us and for us.
Whatever you are facing today, you have the hope of Christ Jesus. Hope, as we know, is a powerful thing. Hope grows into belief and with practice belief matures into faith. We go from an idea to action. We make choices founded on trust that the thing hoped for is really coming.
The best part is that our hope is already here. We’re not waiting in the dark for the Savior to come. He’s here today in this moment. God with us. Emmanuel. He is the light that banishes every kind of darkness. Whatever hardship you’re carrying, rest in the peace of that hope today.
Father, Thank you for sending your Son to walk among us, to stand in our place and take our punishment and bring us the hope of Heaven. Thank you for making a way for us to have a relationship with You. When the days are dark and the load is heavy, turn our eyes to You so that we can renew our hope, our strength and our joy in Your great love for us. In Your name we pray, amen.
Take your worries to God. If there is something specific that is weighing on your mind today, bring it to God. If you’re able to, light a candle to remind yourself of God’s perfect love that casts out all fear.
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