Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent. At church they lit the hope candle and talked about hope. I’ve mentioned hope before and even wrote a blog post about it, but it keeps popping up in my thoughts.
Ask any child this time of year what they are hoping for, and you’ll get answers like “lots of new toys for Christmas” and “lots of good food to eat on Christmas”. Kids are always hopeful, it seems. I remember when my sister and I were young and our parents would put wrapped presents under our tree, we would look at them, feel them, shake them and talk for hours about what we hoped was inside. Hope drove our days until *that* day came, and we tore off the wrapping paper to see what we actually got.
I dare say, hope drives us today. We hope there will be enough money left over to buy what groceries we need; we hope sick friends and/or loved ones will get better soon; we hope someone will appreciate the work we have put into a certain project; we hope our kids will turn out all right, in spite of our dumb mistakes. None of these hopes are guarantees, though.
One of the definitions on dictionary.com for the word “advent” is “a coming into place, view, or being; arrival”. Some synonyms for advent include: onset, arrival, coming, approach, entrance, appearance, visitation and occurrence. The site states that Advent is a time of fasting for some Christians in commemoration of the first coming of Christ.
Did any of you all ever think of this time of year as a time of fasting? Just asking, because I was sort of taught just the opposite. We are celebrating the first coming of Christ, so stuff your face.
Since Christ has already come the first time…see Luke chapter 2…we are now “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” Titus 2:13.
Promises are something seldom kept anymore, but the Lord always keeps His promises. And, if there’s one promise I’m clinging to this year, it’s these words from Jesus, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3.
Go in grace, faithful readers, and I hope you’ll drop me a comment below. 🙂