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Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear President Snow: The Hunger Games
“Now I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Sometimes it is just a drop. Or a far off voice.
But a drop of water falling from the sky on a parched face in a drought ridden land, or a voice coming through the rubble to a person trapped by an earthquake might be just enough for them to keep going for just long enough for help to arrive.
Hope is powerful. Even the smallest amount can literally keep people alive.
Sometimes it looks unexpected.
Like a bunch of white, fairly middle class Christians making friends with a group of drug-dealing, heavy drinking, ex-convict Bengali lads; telling them that there is a different way, that their past needn’t define their future. Holding out hope for them when they have none left for themselves.
Sometimes it is a baby.
For everyone it was one particular baby, born under inauspicious circumstances to poor parents who would soon be refugees. In that small, unexpected way, hope came into the world. That baby carried the hope that one day humanity could be reconciled with their Creator, that the cosmos could be set right again, that there would be peace on earth.
That baby was Jesus.
As we are in Advent (the run up to Christmas) we celebrate the arrival of hope into the world; we celebrate all that the birth, life and death of Jesus means; but we also wait. Wait with anticipation, with hope, for the day He returns again. That day will bring the fulfilment of all the promises, the full wonderful expression of God’s kingdom on this earth. No more pain. No more crying. No more death. It’s coming, and sometimes we can see glimpses of it, but it’s not here yet.
In the meantime we hope.