Reflections on Advent – Hope

This month, I’ve set out to spend time reflecting on hope, love, joy, and peace, as I celebrate advent.  I thought I’d share my thoughts and ask for yours, as well.

Hope is defined as: “to cherish a desire with anticipation”, and to “expect with confidence”.  I like hope!  I need hope!  Whether we’re in a fairly calm season of life, or whether we’re in a challenging season, we all need hope, because we are all human, and we all have limitations.  The good news, however, is that no matter what season of life we’re in, there is a Savior, that came as baby 2000 years ago, who came to set the world right, and who came to set our lives right.  I wanted to share my favorite Scripture passage and my favorite Christmas hymn that I have been reflecting on this week:

 Isaiah 40:1-5

1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.

3 A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD[a]; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.[b]

4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.

5 And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

O Holy Night – Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining.

Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!

O night divine, the night when Christ was born;

O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,

With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.

O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,

Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.

The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;

In all our trials born to be our friends.

He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,

Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

 Truly He taught us to love one another,

His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.

And in his name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

With all our hearts we praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,

His power and glory ever more proclaim!

His power and glory ever more proclaim!

What about you, what Bible verses and Christmas Songs give you hope?

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