Reflections on Advent-Hope

Advent began this past Sunday.  For those of you not familiar with Advent–Advent is a celebration of the four weeks (especially Sundays) leading up to Christmas Day.  Each week has a different theme.  Advent is celebrated because we celebrate the birth of Christ (Christmas) and we also anticipate the Second Coming of Jesus.

Hope is the first candle lit this year for Advent.

Hope.  What a perfect topic to address.

We just witnessed a Presidential Election in November.  People had hope in their respective candidates.  People had hope that…..either man could make changes.  Save issues with the economy, welfare, etc.  People had hope.

Hope deflated.

Our hope in humans will be deflated.  People will let us down.  People will move away or change jobs and no longer work in the same office as us.  People will die or they will forget your name when you run into them at the grocery store or mall.

Where do we place our hope these days?

Jesus.

Jesus is the Truth, the Life, Wonderful Counselor.

One thing that is very beautiful and disruptive during this Christmas season—-is to do some things different.  I know people have traditions and while that is fine and dandy–we must ask why these traditions exist.  Invite Jesus into these activities.  Should I do this and why am I doing this?  Some people do things just because it is expected of them.

Be different.

Look for hope.

However– looking for hope will make you vulnerable.

Being vulnerable is perfect because this is when we are most open to being changed by Jesus.  We are exposed.  Our weaknesses are known.  We will reach out and need assistance from Jesus and fellow people on the journey.

Advent season—should be a time of renewal.

Where are you placing your hope these days?

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