Faith, Hope and Love

The Thrill of Hope

Are you weary this Christmas? Are you tired of the unknowns and fearing what is around the corner after the gifts are opened and the garland is packed in the basement? 

Magical blue and green lights reflect off my daughter’s face, and her eyes widen with excitement as she flies across Neverland on Disney World’s Peter Pan ride. Wonder paralyzes the 6-year-old and she holds her breath. The most boisterous of my children sits in silence. 

As we walk out and the music fades, she pushes back her braids and exclaims, “Again mom, again!” 

My heart sinks as I know that she won’t experience that ride again on our one day trip. The line is much too long and we don’t have the time. 

Disappointment mixes with the idea and hope of another trip. 

That moment of wonder, hope, and excitement reminds me of the anticipation I feel at Christmas. The celebration of the birth of Jesus, the promised Savior of the world. 

And yet, it is drastically different. We don’t have to wait in lines, or experience God’s presence only a few times in our lifetime. Jesus is with us at Christmas and every day. There’s no end to the hope, love, joy, and forgiveness He offers. Click To TweetJesus is with us at Christmas and every day. There’s no end to the hope, love, joy, and forgiveness He offers. 

The hope of Christ … in the tumultuous times of the birth of Jesus, and in the turbulent times of 2020. 

Isaiah the prophet proclaimed the coming of Jesus years before His arrival.

“For to us a child is born,

to us a Son is given,

and the government will be on His shoulders.

And He will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6  ).Isaiah the prophet proclaimed the coming of Jesus years before His arrival. “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,… Click To Tweet

One year out from our day at Disney and I type this surrounded by dead leaves, muted news, and clinging to the hope that we can once again freely go places without seeing masks.

Words from a hymn calm my heart and mind, “The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices” and I sit in the knowledge that the Prince of Peace is with me. I can rejoice in Him every day. I can experience the wonder of His love every day. 

We do not have to feel like the hope of Christ is only once a year. May we keep the amazement in our relationship with our Creator and Savior each day.

What do you need to bring to the feet of our Savior? Jesus came during a time of fear and unknowns as well, knowing all, to be known, to die for our sins, and rescue us. What are you holding packaged tight that you need to open and give to God? 

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April 16-17, 2021

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