It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, November 28, 2016

Chapter 11, Page 28, Book 16

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ It’s the Most Wonderful Season of All♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

Have hope and Prepare 

Happy Advent! It’s that time of year to begin to prepare for  Christmas. I believe that Christmas is not just a memory but a reality.

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is special. The lights are up, trees are decorated, and everyone is busy getting ready. Anticipation is in the air.

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us. 

Samuel Smiles

Advent Week One:  Hope

The marvelous thing about Advent is that we can find joy in the journey as well as in the destination. Who doesn’t need more hope in their life these days?  Hope is what helps us step out and believe in what we cannot see. Hope is God’s grace to accept that there is a certain amount of mystery to our faith and to still be confident that God can work in our lives. 

This is not a blind hope, and it’s not all an impossible mystery that we will never understand. In the midst of all the mysteries of our faith, we can still believe because of what we do understand: that God’s Son came to us on Christmas in order to save us from our sins and fill us with his Holy Spirit.

So for the next four weeks, let’s set our hearts on preparing. And let’s do it filled with confidence and hope.

We might have been so stuck in discouragement that we are no longer attentive to signs of hope, to graces being offered us, to any light at all.  Sometimes genuine healing and reconciliation in our families, our communities and in our world need serious preparation.  We prepare by letting light into places of darkness.  We can let Advent come alive by spending time saying that our relationships are more important than our differing ideas.

Bright star leads through the night.

Fragile, flickering candle persists against the darkness.

First sunbeam, rising over the the mountaintop, shines with warmth and light.

Hope leads. Hope persists. Hope shines.

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ It’s the Most Wonderful Season of All♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 


betty said...

I like that with hope, it leads, its persists, it shines. Without hope, life would be more dreary than it is at times. We always can cling to hope in Jesus, we just need to keep our hearts and minds focused on him and his word.


jack69 said...

Without HOPE my life would be miserable. At times when things seemed impossible, My mama always said, "There is always HOPE!"

I must say, It has been many years but I still miss my mama. But I have HOPE!

Mevely317 said...

Hope and confidence ... now that's an interesting twosome. I'm going to have to ponder! :)
Even when I'm feeling despondent, there's a little something in me that refuses to give in or give up.

PS - Now I've got the notes from "You'll Never Walk Alone" playing in my head!