OK… so it’s not the regular ‘New Year’ yet. But, this Sunday marks the beginning of the church season of Advent… or, in other words, the church ‘New Year’. And, the first order of business is ‘Hope’.
Hope is one of those words that everyone knows but can’t quite define. In the Christian faith we talk about hope as one of the key pieces of the life of faith… but what, exactly, is hope? What exactly do we hope for?
If any of us think this year is going to be different, better, and full of new chances and opportunities then we are holding out HOPE. What makes us think this year can be different?
Each of us has to answer the question of hope for ourselves. Sure, God calls us to hope. God promises our hope will not be disappointed. The Scriptures teach that ‘hope’ is part of the hard hard journey of life:
suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us (Romans 5:3-5)
What do you hope for?