Advent 2022: Second Sunday of Advent, An Image of Hope

Published December 4, 2022 by Amy Brown

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

We use the word "hope" all of the time. We hope someone has a good day, we hope something works out, we hope for the best. This little word plays a big role in our communication with each other. I've heard it many times this year in relation to my cancer diagnosis and treatments, with well wishes and prayers for good days and prognosis. Hope holds the expectations and desires that motivate and guide us, especially as we endure life's challenges. Often, we think about hope only being something that lives in the future of what might be. This year, I have found that with so much unknown and instability, hope for the future can be hard to fathom.

Instead, I have been guided by daily breadcrumbs of hope; the little things have given me life. I have seen hope fulfilled through a friend showing up with food or ideas of something fun we could do together. Hope has come through like a tenacious weed, poking through the crack in the sidewalk, when a friend sent a letter in the mail with a fun surprise or snack. Hope has been a daily reminder that good things are still possible because God's love shows up in the care of friends and family.

Our hope flows from the God of hope, who guides and motivates us to endure life's challenges because of His unchanging character and promises.

How have you seen hope show up for you today? How can you share hope with someone else today?