Scrooge finds the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come the most fearsome of the spirits; he appears to ... When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this ... Why show me this, if I am past all hope! ...
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
TERRIFIC 2'S TUESDAY / Hope and Advent
In the story of Pandora's box it is said that only one thing remained in the box and that was hope. Hope remained to comfort mankind in his misfortunes. It is that hope we celebrate during this Christmas season
Because of the HOPE was born on Christmas Day, we have hope. We have hope for the future, that we will be redeemed; hope for the present, that we are not alone. He gives us hope even for the past, hope that our failures are not greater than God’s love.
Hope was planted as a seed in our hearts by the giver of life. It was watered by the Word, which became flesh and dwelt among us.
This is a season for celebration. Our homes are decorated and lights are strung inside and out for all to see. Gifts are wrapped and placed beneath our trees, and stockings are overflowing with small tokens of His goodness. Together, as families and friends, we share a common bond in the hope that Christmas brings.
The most important gift we can give ourselves and our families is the gift of hope
The season of Advent is about hope. It is not just hope for a better day or hope for the lessening of pain and suffering, although that is certainly a significant part of it. It is more about hope that human existence has meaning and possibility beyond our present experiences, a hope that the limits of our lives are not nearly as narrow as we experience them to be. It is not that we have possibility in ourselves, but that God is a God of new things and so all things are possible
This time of year we contemplate that hope in a newborn baby, the perfect example of newness, potential, and possibility. I think that hope is about a way to live, not just to survive, but to live authentically amidst all the problems of life with a Faith that continues to see possibility when there is no present evidence of it, just because God is God. That is the wonder of Advent.
Phillips Brooks captured the heart of Christmas with one line in the carol he wrote, O Little Town of Bethlehem. That line summarizes what Christmas means to us:
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
In these last few days of Advent, keep your hearts filled with HOPE. Christmas will soon be here.
Have a TERRIFIC Tuesday everyone!