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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Inspired by. . . hope

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. A time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the nativity {birth} of Jesus Christ.

 

This first week as we prepare our hearts and wait expectantly for what we know is to come, we focus on the word – hope.

 

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There are many in our world today who have no hope. For many, the sheer desperation of their circumstance produces this state of mind. For others, looking out upon the world with a full belly, from the warmth of an "easy" chair, they simply see the reality of a world that seems to be imploding upon itself. Still others believe that as products of evolution, we are programmed to continually seek to better ourselves, and as a result shall never find true contentment. There is nothing after this. All is lost.

But the truth is that all is not lost.

That very first Christmas we were given the gift of hope. God's gift to us. His Son. Our Savior.... our Redeemer. Our hope for a better tomorrow.

Hope came into our world.

Hope ...... that God can take any life, no matter how broken, and make it beautiful.

Hope ...... that the best is yet to come!

This gift of hope that entered our world so many years ago has never left.

It is still here today. For some, it still lies beneath the tree . . . wrapped . . . waiting.

 

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. ~ Romans 15:13

 

Some of us need to be reminded of the hope we have. This Advent season is the perfect opportunity to refocus our hearts on Jesus, the Giver of all hope.

And some of us need to unwrap the gift. Let hope give birth to faith and . . .

 

Believe.

 

With expectation,

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7 comments:

  1. Just beautiful. Reminds me of a worship song .. Sing a song of hope, that we sang today. Put your Twitter and Facebook up at the top of the sidebar. Easier to locate.
    Blessings,
    Janis from #SundayStillness

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  2. Where would we be without the hope that Christ bring! A beautiful reminder of the hope that we have in Him. Blessings!

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  3. This is a beautiful reminder that He is hope. Blessings!

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  4. What a wonderful post, June, preparing our heart for Christmas, you've always the appropriate words for express everything, especially emotions <3
    A blessed Advent to you !
    With much affection
    Dany

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  5. June, this is a beautiful post!! I remember well how the Lord rescued me when I thought I had messed up my life beyond repair. His gracious love for me and patience I will carry with me always.

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  6. Such a beautiful post, June! :)
    Have a very Happy Advent.

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