“May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.” Psalm 33:22.
The quote from the song, “O Holy Night” sums up our first Advent theme—hope.
There were about 41 generations from Abraham to the coming of Jesus. All of them lived their lives in anticipation of seeing the Messiah, and most died with their dreams unfulfilled. Such a troubled history for the Jews. Wars, captivity, slavery, famine, drought—so much darkness, and yet they prayed for the light to come. Against all hope, they believed in hope.
Today, we, too, are a generation living in a troubled and dark world. But we do not have to feel hopeless, for the Savior has come. Max Lucado says it like this, “Hope is not what you’d expect; it is what you would never dream. It is a wild, improbable tale with a pinch-me-I’m dreaming ending. Hope is not a granted wish or a favor performed; no it is far greater than that. It is a zany, unpredictable dependence on God who loves to surprise us out of our socks and be there in the flesh to see our reaction. (God Came Near, p. 89).
When we as believers speak of hope, we don’t mean a desire that may or may not be fulfilled. No, our hope is certain. Our hope for forgiveness, reconciliation with God, and a perfect, holy, eternal life, rests on the finished work of Jesus. Messiah — the sinless Son of God — died to pay the penalty for our sins and rose from the dead so that we too might have a sinless life in eternity.
As we begin this Advent season, Mamas, hold on to our blessed hope, Christ Jesus, our Prince of Peace, and the Light in this dark world.
Susie and the Help Club for Moms Team