For this first week of Advent, we are called to prepare for Christ’s birth with hope. I’ve been hopeful about a lot of things in my life, but my hope has always been curbed with realism and cynicism. The phrase, “Don’t get your hopes up.” has always come easy to me. Let’s be honest, my hopes still “get up” but it’s been a long time since they “got up” and got out of hand.
That changed this year though. Thanks to Harvey, I feel like I’m experiencing hope in a way that is new, exciting, and refreshing. Hope and holding my baby boy go hand-in-hand. It’s a newness that radiates hope. I have to believe that this feeling is a fraction of the feeling that Mary and Joseph felt as they were told about their son, God’s son, from the angels. Sure, they were also scared, but true, life-giving hope washes something like fear away so quickly and so easily, it’s like that fear never existed in the first place.
The hope that entered into this world with Christ’s birth is that powerful and the very definition of life-giving. God, the God of hope, gave His creation the greatest gift, the perfect sacrifice for all the sins and wickedness of this world.
As we begin this Advent season,
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) and join me in thanking God for all the hope in our lives.
The first candle of Advent is a light in the darkness, and just like that light, hope in Christ will never be overcome by any darkness.
R. H. Karn