December 1, 2020 –Advent
Prayer: “Holy God, speak to all that keeps me from listening. Speak to me an Advent message. I sit expectant to hear. Word of God, speak. Amen.
Scripture Reading: John 1:1-4
Biblically, it is safe to define hope as “confident expectation.” Hope is a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and is a fundamental component of faithful living. Hope is the certainty of a blessed present as well as a future guaranteed through the indwelling of the Spirit.
Tom Long tells a story about Rabbi Hugo Grynn who was sent to Auschwitz as a little boy. In the midst of the concentration camp, in the midst of the death and horror all around them, many Jews held onto whatever shreds of their religious observance they could without drawing the attention of the guards. One cold winter’s evening, Hugo’s father gathered the family in the barracks. It was the first night of Chanukah, the Feast of Lights. The young child watched in horror as his father took the family’s last pad of butter and made a makeshift candle using a string from his ragged clothes. He then took a match and lit the candle. “Father, no!” Hugo cried. “That butter is our last bit of food! How will we survive!”
“We can live for many days without food,” his father said. “We cannot live for a single minute without hope. This is the fire of hope. Never let it go out. Not here. Not anywhere.”
How does hope impact your daily living?
How is the Spirit indwelling in you?
What are your Advent/Christmas rituals?
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