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A Season of Hope–Day 1

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There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope! Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!

–Romans 15:12-13 MSG

For Americans, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Christmas season. Shopping, crazy black Friday deals,people storming malls, children writing letters to Santa and composing Christmas lists, working hard to stay on the “nice” list.

I love Christmas.

But the beginning of the Christmas season also marks a season of something much deeper. It marks a season of hope. I grew up in a Lutheran church in a deeply rooted Scandinavian-Lutheran family. I loved the advent season we celebrated each Christmas. I loved lighting the candles on the wreath each Sunday, waiting for Christmas Eve to light the final candle. We waited. We hoped.

Christmas is a season of hope, a joy-filled time of waiting for His coming.

He came down and invaded earth, grew in a woman’s womb, grasped for air at His first breath and entered this world in humility. He contained His glory in an infant body. He came to walk among us and redeem a broken world.

He is hope.

Mary labored and bled, and He broke through, breaking a 400 year silence of the presence of God on the earth.

And we wait. We wait for Him. We reach for hope He offers to come to us and live in us.

No matter what we’re going through…..we wait on His coming. We wait for Him to show up in power in our lives, we wait on His promises. We wait to hear His voice, for Him to intervene in circumstances out of our control, to dwell in our families, to heal bodies, to bind broken hearts, to breath hope into hopelessness.

We wait. He is coming.

Come, Lord Jesus. Meet us this Christmas season. We reach for You, the God of all hope, our only hope, to fill every broken place, to break the silence in our lives and heart and to fill us with all joy and hope that we can only find in the presence of God.

It’s official….I’ve been on blogging hiatus. Three little kids have me very busy, but so thankful for taking the time I need just for them. My goal this Christmas is to write for the next 24 days as we anticipate Christmas….celebrating the birth of Jesus. I’ll write about hope and joy and whatever the Lord is stirring my heart as I wait for Him. Join me if you’d like.

Blessings.

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14 thoughts on “A Season of Hope–Day 1

  1. Well done, may The Lord bless each one of his saints who proclaim the Good News this season.

    May hearts and souls be stirred in a sense of wonder, that God’s own son stepped into the world.

    May many take the next step and open their lives to The Holy Spirit who can reveal The Lord’s secret things.

  2. I enjoyed this very much. Christ is our hope and our salvation. Christmas is a reminder that God entered time and space to create a path for us to know Him.

    We all need to take a break at times. I look forward to your posts over the Christmas season.

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to stop here, read and leave this encouraging comment. Amen to all you said…I love that He entered time and space to create a path for us to know Him. Well said. Blessings to you!

  3. so glad you are back, always love reading your words. Love what you have said, this is definately a season of hope and my prayer is that many people encounter his hope this Christmas time.

    • I will miss you too!! I’ve loved the time with you while you’ve been stateside. We love you and Gary and how God is using you in Ethiopia and Africa. We love you and will be in touch!

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  6. Grateful to have found your blog during this advent season. I too grew up Lutheran, but took a hiatus from the church. I’m still seeking, still searching, and during this advent, trying my best to prepare my heart for the presence of God. Looking forward to sharing in this season of hope.

    • Me too! It really is a season of hope. We don’t go to a Lutheran church anymore….we are at a non-denominational church that we love, but I love celebrating the advent season I grew up with. Looking forward to connecting with you more on the blog. Blessings to you this Christmas season.

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