That’s Christmas to Me! ~ HOPE
A thrill of Hope the weary world rejoices!
I am not sure in my lifetime if the world has ever felt more weary? I have personally had years that seemed harder for me on a personal level but in our lifetimes I am not sure if things have ever at times felt so weary globally as they do right now. I think we could all use a little Hope for Christmas this year.
What is it about Christmas that speaks hope to us? Is it the magic that Christmas seems to bring. Movies are made about it, songs are sung about it, we all seem to long for and to cling to a little more hope at Christmas.
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5 NKJV
I like the way the New King James Version says hope does not disappoint. Some translations say Hope does not put to shame. When we have Jesus and the Holy Spirit we do not have to wait for Christmas to have hope. Our hope is in Him who came to earth as a baby and grew in wisdom and stature and ministered on this earth and gave his life up for us on a cross and rose again and left us with the Holy Spirit to live in us, to be our guide to be our Hope that everything is going to work out all right in the end. Sometimes the path that gets us to the end is hard but when you have His Holy Spirit living inside of you, guiding you, showing you what your next right thing to do is you can be sure that your Hope will not be disappointed in the end.
So today, stare at some Christmas lights, talk to your Savior and tell him what you are Hoping for this Christmas season and ask Him what your next right thing is. And know that with the close of this year comes Hope in a new year. I think as crazy as the last couple of years have been it has given us all more clear vision of the important things in life. So I for one am going to thrill in the Hope that this Christmas and a new year can bring!
“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love.” Psalm 33:18 ESV