But I’m stuck like a dope with a thing called hope, and I can’t get it out of my heart! Cockeyed Optimist by Rodgers & Hammerstein (South Pacific)
This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent – in our church we lit the candle of HOPE, ushering in the Christmas season when we celebrate Jesus’ birth, The Hope of the World! Two thousand years ago, Hope was born in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes. Just the thought of that sends chill bumps down my spine. Jesus Christ, Son of God appears on earth and nothing was ever the same. Even the way we measure time was changed, from B.C. (Before Christ) to A.D. (anno domini “in the year of our Lord”). Jesus’ birth, life, death & resurrection changed everything. Hope was born. Truth had legs and feet. Faith was given breath. Grace rose from the dead. Joy was complete. The Gift of all gifts.
A couple of years ago, my grandson, Simon, asked me why we keep our Christmas tree up all year round. I told him because it “wasn’t really a Christmas tree but my tree of hope.” Anyone who knows me knows that the very theme of my life is Hope. During a very dark time in our family, when we felt despair at every turn, God in His awesome faithfulness introduced me to a Hope that I had not known before. I was a believer, a strong believer and I had a close and personal relationship with Christ but I was overtaken by a great sadness. I wasn’t mad at God but I felt as though He had abandoned me – then it happened! Romans 15:13 jumped off the page of my Bible and flooded my soul and gave me back my breath.
May the God of Hope fill you with all joy & peace in believing, that you may overflow in Hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15.13
It was a light-bulb moment for me and I have never looked back. Hope is alive and sits at the right hand of my heavenly Dad – Hope intercedes on my behalf – Hope is my constant Companion. Hope never disappoints (Romans 5:5) and I rejoice in Hope (Romans 12:1).
Do you know Hope? He died for you. He lives for you. He longs for you. He is everything that no one else can ever be. What a wonderful season to invite Him into your life.
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson
Post is from 12.01.2010
Helemarie Reavis says
Wow!!! Beautiful!! you really should write another book! Love ya
Lynne Graber says
Romans 15:13 was the verse that got me through an extremely difficult time in my life some years ago and stands as one of those monuments of God’s faithfulness to me.
In Him, Lynne
HOPE… without it…there is nothing to look forward to!
And I agree w/Helemarie…what you wrote is beautiful, everything you write is… and you really do need to write another book, you know it is true!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Susan!! One of my favorite and most meaningful scriptures! Thanks for the #tbt share today. Like the song goes:
We have a hope within our souls,
Brighter than the perfect day:
God has given us His Spirit,
And we want the world to hear it,
All the doubts are passed away.
We all need HOPE, my friend. #hopechangeseverything xoxoxo
THIS: “Hope was born. Truth had legs and feet. Faith was given breath. Grace rose from the dead. Joy was complete. The Gift of all gifts.” YEP! When I was at seminary, one day my friends and I walked into our friend Louise’s office. My friend Mark saw that she had a Nativity sitting out. It was in the late Spring so Mark asked, “Why do you have a Nativity out?” She replied, “Should we celebrate Jesus just one day a year?” To which we all replied, “Why, of course not.” She proceeded to share how she keeps one up all year to remind her of Jesus. Ever since that day, I keep one out all year round too….in a sense my own tree of hope! 🙂
I have a Nativity ornament on my tree of hope – does that count?!
Debbie Putman says
A tree of hope is a great idea. Thank you for sharing hope all year.
That tree goes wherever I go!!!
Anita Ojeda says
Amen, and amen! I’m so glad that Jesus brought hope into our world and changes us!
Like Oswald says, “Prayer changes things because prayer changes us.” Sort of like Hope!!!