“Hope in the Lord”

Our Advent Devotion for Monday, December 6, comes to us from The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen


Hoping against hope, [Abraham] believed that he would become

“the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous

shall your descendants be.”

Romans 4:18 NIV
 

“When we live with hope, we do not get tangled up with our concerns

for how our wishes will be fulfilled. So too, our prayers are not directed

toward the gift, but the one who gives it."

With Open Hands, page 69, by Henri J. M. Nouwen
 

“Hope in the Lord”

Our hope – like our faith and our love – is directed toward a Person. We do not just have a vague sense that someday things will be better. We are not just optimists who always hope for the best. No, our hope is in Jesus Christ – incarnate, crucified, dead, risen and glorified. In every moment of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we hope.

During the season of Advent, we focus our hopes on the incarnation of Christ. We allow this hope to reorient us completely. We focus on his coming – in the past present and future – as a way of focusing on what matters: the giver, not the gift. All that matters is Christ. He will provide all that we need and more than we could ever want.

 

Friends –

During this Advent Season, we are being called to remember that his baby for whom we wait every year is God on Earth, still living among us. This waiting blesses our lives with a reminder that God’s love constantly surrounds us with hope, forgiveness, and loving care. We are also reminded to radiate that blessing, so that God’s presence can be felt beyond ourselves.

--Pastor bea

 
Prayer:

Jesus Christ, you are incarnate, God-with-us. Our hope is in you. You will provide us with more than we could ever ask for. Amen.

Henri J.M. Nouwen