I love Christmas so much, especially as a Christian! As far as I’m concerned, Christmas lasts all month-long and rightly so since we have so much to celebrate! We need a whole month to celebrate the reason for the season, Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior! God’s plan was for His Son to be born in a lowly manger, to be the path to salvation and everlasting life for every one of us. If that isn’t the greatest HOPE of Christmas, I don’t know what is!
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:3-5
There are so many situations that have happened in our world that can attempt to steal our hope. We need to keep a firm grasp on Jesus’ hand and remember that He is the source of all the hope in our lives! Let’s start encouraging one another with words of hope from God’s Word. Let’s begin praying for one another, asking that God send bundles of hope into daily situations. We don’t know what’s going on in a Christian friend’s life. Most of us like to keep all the negative things happening in our lives to ourselves – we don’t want to be a “downer” to everyone else. We should never assume that everything in our Christian friend’s lives is going well just because we’re not told differently. Let’s ask God to heap blessings on one another! The blessings from our Lord are the hope we count on every day!
I refer to Christian friends, but you know what? I have some non-Christian friends as well – and whether they like it or not, I pray for them too! God hears and answers our prayers. He knows the intentions of our hearts and He knows the thoughts in our minds as we pray to Him for all people. His desire for us is to love Him and to love each other.
I want to share this truth with you: In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. I offer these words of encouragement to you so you can find hope on this first Sunday of Advent. Because of Christmas, there was an Easter. Because of Easter, there is eternal HOPE – and He holds us and cherishes us so much!
Let’s celebrate hope on this first Sunday of Advent. Ask Jesus to hold to you tightly and show you HIS HOPE! He loves you and wants to do that for you. ❤