“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Today is the Advent Sunday of Hope. This marks the official beginning of the journey to Christmas.

When I was growing up, I attended the church where my father served – Amberlea Presbyterian in Pickering. My Dad started every service with this verse from Isaiah. In my late teens or early twenties I asked why, and he said, because it is good to begin with a word of hope.

It IS good to begin with hope. It is good that the Advent journey begins with hope.

Often we reduce hope to a wish or a desire. But I think the hope that we have in a Christ is more than that. It’s not just a wish or a desire – it’s an anchor for our souls, it’s a trust that goes deeper than words can describe, it’s a lifeline that we hold to with all our might.

It is a bright and fragile thing, but also strong enough to see us through our darkest days.

It is a hope that does not – that WILL not, that CAN not – disappoint.

This Advent may you know the hope of which I write. May it make your heart soar as on eagle’s wings. May it surround you, sustain you and flow through you to brighten the lives of everyone you meet.

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