Emily Dickenson wrote, “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.
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, purify us from all sin, 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. Amen.
Throughout This Day: If there is something specific that is weighing on your mind, bring it to God. If possible, light a candle to remind yourself that God’s perfect love casts out all fear.
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