The Christmas season has officially begun and according to the Advent calendar, the season begins with hope. Do you feel hopeful? Or are you getting discouraged by the events in the world today?
Christmas is a time of hope because Jesus represents a new way of thinking and being. A way that does not allow external issues to take away our peace and serenity. I know that is easier to say than do, but it is what we should hope for as well as strive for.
Hope is important because it only arises when we get a glimpse of a new possibility. It lifts our spirits and helps us to remember that everything changes and so will the conditions we now find ourselves in. It was true in the time of Jesus’ birth and is still true today.
Hope is a gift from God. Whatever we are facing in our lives, know that it is only temporary. Hope renews and strengthens our faith. It is something we all need now.
Quote of the Week
“For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
Christmas is the season of hope. Hope is a natural part of our lives and a foundation upon which we can build. It is the assurance that possibilities can and do become realities. The dictionary says that hope is “a feeling that what is wanted is likely to happen; desire accompanied by expectations.”
There are many levels of hope. There is the hope that is no more than a dream for something we want. Such as, the hope we might have while buying a lottery ticket. The desire is to win the money and the expectation is that the ticket will be the winning one.
Or there is the level of hope that is more realistic, such as the hope that we will find the right partner for ourselves or get the job we want. Then there is the deeper level of hope that touches our spiritual being and that is when we pray and have the feeling that what we are praying for is likely to happen.
What are you hoping for this Christmas season? Is that it will be a wonderful Christmas, maybe the best ever? Is it that we have remembered everyone we should have? Is it that we will get the gift we want? Or is it that this year, we will remember why we are celebrating this season.
My greatest hope this holiday season is that we remember why we are celebrating this season. Jesus gave us hope for a brighter future. He taught us that God is within us and that to know God is to be in the kingdom of Heaven here and now. My hope for you is the realization of this Truth in your life, not just during the holiday season, but all year long!
Quote of the Week
“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.”
The holidays are here and people tend to fall into two categories regarding the holidays – either they love them or they dread them. I am in the former category – I love the holidays – the lights, the decorations, the hustle and bustle of shoppers, the food – the whole shebang!
For me, Christmas is all about hope. Hope is God’s gift to us to insure our happiness in the face of challenges that often come in life. This gift is unique for each of us because it is designed to meet our individual needs. It is what keeps us keeping on when we want to give up.
At this time of year things just seem a little more hopeful – not just for us as individuals but for the world as a whole. I think that is one of the main reasons I love this season so much.
So this holiday, take some time to focus on hope and know that hope is the seed from which faith blossoms.
Quote of the Week “There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.”
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