Advent 2020 Living Hope Bible Study
Living Hope this Advent
What does it mean to have hope amid trying times? KELLI B. TRUJILLO, editor of Christianity today reflected on this question in a recent article.
She writes, “hope is more than a feeling; it isn’t simply being perpetually optimistic or having a hopeful attitude. Scripture offers us an understanding of hope that is much more robust. Christian hope has heft, endurance, and purpose—and God is its source.
God, “in his great mercy . . . has given us new birth into a living hope” (1 Pet. 1:3). And it is our “God of hope” who enables us to “overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 15:13). This reality isn’t true only in good times; in fact, it is in dark and difficult times when hope truly shows its mettle.
This is what Christian hope looks like. It doesn’t ignore fear, anxiety, and doubt; it confronts them. It holds steady, clinging to peace in the midst of chaos. Through life’s many treacherous storms . . . Christian hope is buoyed by something greater that has happened and something greater that is going to happen again. “
I want to invite you, your family and friends to join Christianity Today’s Advent devotional project provided electronically by St. Mary’s.
Join me as we set time aside this year to pray and reflect on our “living hope” our “great expectation.”As the days grow darker before the Light of God breaks through the darkness, reminding our hope is founded in the confident expectation Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” as a human baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger (John 1:14; Luke 2:12).
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