A Thrill of Hope

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu

Hope is a funny thing. I think the fact that we all find hope somewhere within us is evidence of God’s existence. If hope did not exist – how would we go on living?
We wake up in the morning with hope of a new day, full of new opportunities and new experiences. We wait patiently because we have hope of better things coming. We hope for healing, for relationships, for reconciliation, for world peace.

My brother recently used the phrase “reckless hope.” I love it. I want to embody that. I want my life to be an example of reckless hope. Especially when it comes to hoping for the best for our world.

In a world that is full of darkness and pain (especially lately, it seems) we have to find hope. We have to believe there is light despite the darkness.

Jesus was born into a dark world. He brought hope to a world filled with desperate people. His presence brought peace, brought hope for a better life.

Our world today is broken. Yet I feel the truth of the lyric, “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices/for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”

We have hope. We hope for Jesus’ return, for the redemption of the world. Hope is trusting that something better is coming, something new is being born.

In this Advent week, contemplate hope with us. Consider the things you are hoping for. There is a difference between waiting and hoping. To “just wait and see” has no expectation. Hope is the expectation that something will happen. With Jesus, we can have true hope that He will return. We can hope that our world will be made right and we will be made new.

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I write to process, and sometimes send those thoughts out into the void. Passionate about Jesus and people and bringing those two together. Living in and loving Denver. Working with college students, who are the coolest. Seeking Jesus and JOY in everything.

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