To hope means we cannot be completely sure. There are no guarantees. Coming to God with a mixture of hope and excitement is normal and human. We may even experience less welcome feelings alongside hope, such as anxiety, fear, and distrust. But those feelings are acceptable. God welcomes us with whatever degree and quality of hope possible for us. Even if the hope is simply an inexpressible desire for something more, it has power, and its power grows as we nurture the hope in God’s presence.
—Mary Lou Redding, While We Wait: Living the Questions of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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You, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
—Psalm 71:5 (NRSVUE)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help us to hear you calling us home during Advent and guide us to set aside time for reflection on the wonder of your Son’s birth. Thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ. Help us to focus on him and to show his compassion and love to others during this season. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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