Advent Reflections: Hope

by: Courtney A. Hulsey

I had the joy of lighting the first Advent Candle. This candle represents Hope.  Here is a selection from the reading:
 

“When our hope is in Christ, we can rest in knowing, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. When our hope is in Christ, we can walk through the valley of the shadow of death fearing no evil for God is with us. When our hope is in Christ, we look to the hills from whence our help comes. Our help comes from the Lord. As we light our candle of hope, we lift our hands in praise. Jesus Christ is our Healer, our Keeper, our Living Hope.”

I read this several times before Sunday Morning, and one question that I asked myself was “What exactly is hope?”  Hope is an expectation of trust, desire, and confidence. When my trust, desire and confidence are in Christ…I can rest in knowing that even though tears may stain my pillow at the close of the day, joy will come in the morning.  I can walk through the valley of the shadow of death without any fear of evil because My God is with me. 

When my hope is Christ I am at peace. When my hope is in Christ, He may not calm my storms, but He calms me instead. 

As we continue into this season of Advent: we can celebrate that the Hope of Mankind came into the world, and we wait expectantly for Him to come again.

“Come, Thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us. Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth, Thou art.
Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.”
                                                                                      –
Charles Wesley