A Reflection on Hope
By Alexis Gillam
In the stillness of Advent, as everyone anticipates the coming of Christmas, I have noticed a refreshing sense of hope that fills the hearts and minds of those in this period of expectant waiting. Hope for me is a gentle whisper that assures me that there is more to come and there are better days ahead. In a world that is broken, it can be easy to be plagued with despair and doubt. But even in the bleakest of moments, hope gives us the courage and determination to believe that there is more for us.
For me, during this season of life, hope abounds because of the birth of Jesus Christ – who brings the promise of salvation. The promise of salvation encompasses several aspects that contribute to the sense of hope felt particularly in the Advent season. One of God’s promises that gives me hope is His promise of freedom and deliverance. Salvation liberates us from the bondage of sin, offering us freedom from its control and provides us the strength and guidance to overcome temptation while living a life that honors God.
When I forget about God’s promise and begin to feel the bleakness of our world, I turn to His word where I am reminded by Romans 5:1-2 (NIV) that “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope and glory of God.” In this period of Advent, I urge you to remind yourself of why we remain hopeful this holiday season and how God’s promise of salvation transforms our lives and the lives of those around us.
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