Hope is conspicuously missing from our public discourse. Grinding poverty, seemingly endless and violent conflict, a growing divide between rich and poor, environmental devastation and political gridlock are just a few of the reasons so many feel so hopeless and helpless.
But hope isn’t about what we can do. Hope is about what God can do, and often does in and through us. That’s why Advent is a season of hope. Because God has entered the world through Jesus we believe that God is at work restoring all that sin has destroyed, making all things new.
As the Gospel of John puts it, “The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
The evil President Snow in The Hunger Games was right, “Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.” It’s also contagious. Christ has come. Christ is coming. Christ will come again. That’s our hope. So go ahead. Give voice to your hope this Advent season and watch the light push back the darkness.
What are you hoping for this Advent season? Tell someone else.