“Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has visited and redeemed his people.
He has sent us a mighty Savior
from the royal line of his servant David,
just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago.
Now we will be saved from our enemies
and from all who hate us.
He has been merciful to our ancestors
by remembering his sacred covenant—
the covenant he swore with an oath to our ancestor Abraham.”
Luke 1:68-73 NLT
Today is the Advent Sunday of Hope. The beginning of my favourite season of the year. A time of expectant waiting. A time in which we prepare for the birth of the saviour – for the coming of the King.
The time of wonder has arrived. For us, living in today’s world, the time of wonder comes every year. We mark it with celebrations. By lighting candles and stringing lights. By putting up special decorations. By taking part in traditions and rituals. By singing special songs.
In Zechariah’s time it was announced by Heavenly messengers and signs of wonder: the barren Elizabeth bore a child who would prepare the way for the Messiah.
If we are people of faith, we are called to live in hope. To allow our hope – centered in the promises of God revealed through the birth, life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus – to reach out and touch the world around us. To change the world around us.
I wonder what you can do – what I can do – each day of Advent to show the hope that is in us to the world? Maybe a kind word, said at the right moment. Maybe a gesture of generosity to those in need. Maybe a healing hug for one in despair.
The time of wonder has arrived. Let’s participate in the wonderful hope we have found in Jesus, and share it with the world around us.