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

Author Unknown

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Chapter 12, Page 8, Book 12

Hope whispers, Try it one more time.

Author Unknown

Saturday, December 8th:  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.

Romans 15:13

Sometimes it seems as though we spend our lives waiting. Daydreaming about an upcoming vacation, worrying over a medical test, preparing for the birth of grandchild.  Our days are filled with anticipation and anxiety over what the future holds.

To recover hope in Advent requires a conscious decision to go beyond the routine of yuletide traditions

Advent heightens the sense of waiting, because it marks not only our anticipation of Jesus' final coming, but also our remembrance of his arrival into our world more than 2,000 years ago.

 Hope is not blind optimism, nor arrogant certainty, nor wishful thinking. Hope is the knowledge that God would not desert us, that we will endure difficult times to see a better day. Hope gives us the strength to seek peace and demand justice, and to envision the world as God intended it to be.

It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.

Author Unknown


betty said...

That is one of my favorite scriptures (Romans 15:13) I think you summed hope really well, Ma, when you mentioned that it is not blind optimism but knowledge that God would not desert us. Those are very comforting words indeed!!


jack69 said...

And I come here to find exactly the advice I needed. Thanks...

Try it one more time! Thanks HOPE.

YES, Try it one more time.

Have a great day, our sun just popped thru the haze at about 1PM.