Advent Devotional December 4

posted on December 05

This season, we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. As Bishop Desmond Tutu said, ‘Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.’

I recently saw something online that really touched my heart. There were four candles on a table;  the first was named Peace and said, “The world is full of anger and fighting - nothing can keep me lit.”  The second, Faith, said: “I am no longer indispensable. It doesn’t make sense for me to stay lit.” The third candle said: “I am love. People don’t understand my importance and put me aside.” 

A child then entered the room and was saddened that three candles are out; only one remained. The remaining candle explained it is Hope and with the child’s help, they can re-light all the other candles.

Hope is the anchor, friends. Isaiah states at 40:31 that “those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (NIV)

I have to admit, I’m ordinarily a person whose glass is not just half full, but overflowing!  This hope, in part, is based on Romans 5:2:  “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God,”  and, at verse 5, “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

By Anita Martin, Grassland Community UMC, Kentucky East District

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