Today is the first Sunday of Advent, and we’re focusing on HOPE.
Advent is the season four weeks before Christmas in which we prepare for the coming of Christ. It begins on the Sunday nearest to November 30th.
Advent is the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, and its name comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming.”
How does Advent relate to us in 2023? If we don’t make an intentional effort, we will miss it! It reminds us to prepare our hearts for celebrating the birth of Jesus.
There’s more to Christmas than trees, gifts, shopping, and Santa Claus.
Every Christmas, my goal is to have less hustle and bustle and more simple and sacred.
Today, we celebrate the light of HOPE.
Some of you today have lost hope. Life has been difficult. Whether it’s finances or health issues, maybe a family member has lost their way, or perhaps you’ve lost someone you love.
Our world is changing fast, and we can easily let things steal our joy and hope but we can’t let that happen. Life is too precious!
Scripture reminds us we have hope:
- So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord! Psalm 31:24
- I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. Psalm 130:5
- But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
- Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
- 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
- For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
This Christmas season, will you join me? Let’s celebrate HOPE! Don’t worry if your tree isn’t perfect or that every package doesn’t have a pretty bow. It’s not about perfect packages and cramming in every holiday activity we can during December.
Christmas is about Jesus. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
Let your beauty shine from the inside out today!