Advent Hope

 In Pastor Jeff's Blog

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. – Psalm 130:5-6

One of the Hebrew words translated as “hope” in our bible is “kavah”. It’s related to the Hebrew word “kav” which means cord. The idea is that if you stretch a cord you create tension, and when the cord finally breaks that tension is released. That release is “kavah”.

Hope happens in the tension between how things are and how we wish they were. We hope for a healthy relationship as we live in the tension between brokenness and reconciliation.

We hope for physical health as we live in the tension between a troubling diagnosis and successful surgery.

We are all like the night watchmen in Psalm 130 – in the dark and awaiting the dawning light.

Christian hope is rooted in the person of Jesus and the promise that God, who raised Jesus to new life, is at work in our lives and in our world making all things new.

The hope that we celebrate in the season of Advent is the hope that comes from believing that God is with us, God is for us, and God is at work in and through us. And so we don’t just wait for God to come and fix this world; we dare to believe that God is already at work through us restoring and renewing all creation. Our hope is in the God revealed in Jesus, but that hope calls us to action.

How is Advent hope calling you to live today? What is it calling you to do? What one small thing could you do today to reflect God’s renewing work in the world?

Want to learn a bit more about biblical hope? Take a few minutes and watch this awesome video on hope.

Jeff Marian serves as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN

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