Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas and marks the beginning of the church calendar. It is a time of eager anticipation and waiting for “something or someone special”-for Christians the “someone” we wait for is Jesus.
This Advent season we will focus our mediation on Hope. As we look at headlines of natural disasters, senseless violence, fractured politics, segregated communities and broken families it may seem there is no real hope. In a similar context to a people living in uncertain times the Apostle Paul wrote these words to the church in Rome, “ And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
This Advent season we prepare our hearts for the arrival of the HOPE for the nations. We will look back at the baby in Bethlehem and look forward to triumphant King who will fulfill our hope and establish his Kingdom of grace and mercy.