Hope – an anchor for the soul, firm and secure
By JoAnn Flett
Hebrews 6: 18-20 We have this hope [in Christ] as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
The season of Advent began on Sunday December 3. This is the Season of our Lord’s incarnation. Where, as The Message version of John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” During Advent we focus on a four-week progression of hope, peace, joy, and love.
Hope, in desperate times, has become an important Christian virtue. In one sense, it can be said that, along with love, they will know we are Christians by our steadfast hope.
I once heard an SPU English professor offer a playful muse on the theological virtues of faith, hope and love. The reflection took the form of arranging each virtue into a sibling relationship. ‘Faith’ is the first child, and everyone delights in Faith. ‘Love’ is the last child, the baby of the family…Everyone loves love; who wouldn’t love, Love?! ‘Hope’, he offered, is the middle child and gets the middle child’s woe. Poignantly, he encouraged the students to focus on hope as one of the great Christian virtues to emulate in the world.
Indeed, embodying hope amidst all the challenges of our world, is a uniquely Christian response. As the scriptures in Hebrew 6:18 notes, ‘hope is an anchor for the soul’! In these times of polycrisis and conflict, we can hold steadfast in our Christian hope. Our Christian hope is built on the person of Christ who comes to be with us, Emmanuel. This is a promise that, in Christ, all will be made well.
We at CFB are praying that in this holy season you will experience the hope of Christ. We pray, that you will live in the world as hope-filled people, secure in Christ’s presence with you.
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