Advent: Days of Hope

SCRIPTURE: 9:2, 6-7

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (NIV)

Ancient words—dating back 700 years before the birth of Jesus.

Ancient words of hope given during a period a gloom and anguish.

Hope only makes sense when hopelessness has been our constant companion. Light only has meaning when we have walked in darkness.

As you celebrate advent, may these ancient words of hope open your heart and eyes to a new possibility—that in the midst of hopelessness, the real presence of God is more than enough for you and your situation.