Monday, December 3, 2012

The Life That Brings Hope

Down through the ages, the eyes of creation have been focused on one Life. This Life was promised long ago when death first extended its ugly tentacles to squeeze life out of a perfect Creation. This Life would bring light and hope back to a broken, shattered world.

Throughout history, many did not acknowledge this Life. Many did not realize the significance of this Life. But the promise of this Life, still reached out with hope to all.

Many others awaited the coming of this Life. They looked for it. They longed for it. They didn’t completely understand it, but they waited anyway – longing, hoping for its coming.

Then, the glorious news was given. The Life was about to come into the world at last! Hope rose anew in the hearts of those who were watching…waiting. 

Hope. Blessed, glorious Hope.

On this side of history, we too have hope. Not merely hope for something that has not yet come, but hope that the power of that Life that burst into human history in Bethlehem so long ago is still at work in our world today.

Hope for the lonely.
Hope for the grieving.
Hope for broken families.
Hope for broken lives.
Hope for hearts held captive by sin and darkness.
Hope for those whose hearts long for freedom.

Hope. Hope. Hope.

The hope we have on this side of history is focused on the Life that came into the world in a humble stable in a tiny town. A cross on a hill and an empty tomb saw that hope come into full reality.

Life…and Hope.                   Hope…and Life.

All of history, past, present, and future, derives its ultimate hope from that one, glorious Life.
That hope is there for each of us…freely available to all who reach out for Him.

May we all, this Advent season, reach out for the Life than brings us hope.


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