“A Blazing Light of Hope”

Our Advent Devotion for Sunday, December 5, comes to us from

The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen

2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in

the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah9:2 NIV


“Thus the hope of those who belong to the living Christ is a hope rooted in what has already occurred, even if the total fullness of this event has not yet been revealed. Thus the Christian community, wherever it emerges, marks a new world in the midst of the old, of light in the midst of darkness."

Peacework, page 108, by Henri J. M. Nouwen


“A Blazing Light of Hope”

Hope is the touchstone of patience. We can be patient because we live in hope. And we have hope because we know Christ and the power of his love. Advent is a time when hope is renewed within us. Today we light another candle on our Advent wreaths. As the light gets brighter, our hearts open a bit wider to all that God has promised. As the candle flickers, we see the movement of our own lives within its flame – sometimes the fire burns brighter than at other times, but there is always a burning, a light, a blazing hope within us. May we never walk in the darkness of hopelessness, but may we always hold fast to the fire of hope, the light of Jesus Christ.


Friends –

It can be very difficult to be hopeful amid the struggles that surround us in these times. The uncertainty of our times can leave us feeling confused and hopeless. Trusting God in Christ may well be the only hope we can find. That trust can help us to regain our spiritual and emotional hope, even as we are conflicted, confused, and frightened.

--Pastor bea


Lord Jesus, you are the source of my hope. May I shine this light of hope for others as I wait patiently for your coming. Amen.

Henri J.M. Nouwen