Hope is the Future
“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’”
Last week, one of the daily devotionals in our church Advent devotional book was written by our Middle School LOGOS youth in their worship skills class. They have been studying the wisdom literature of the Bible and chose Psalm 126 as a Psalm of hope for their devotional. They shared wonderful, honest words. Many of you probably read their devotional last week, but I want to share a part of it again. They wrote, “The world today can be an overwhelming place. There are terrible natural disasters like fires, hurricanes and earthquakes. There is a lot of violence in our world. There are scary world leaders. There is global warming. There are higher rates of anxiety and depression.
But now we pause for Advent, a time of preparation. Jesus’ coming brings light to the world and we want it to happen again, here. Jesus is always in our hearts, he walks in and he is there with us, through all these stressful times. Even though we can be sad or feeling overwhelmed, the preparation for Christmas can renew our hope. Even though we sometimes feel like things are not good and we question what kind of future we will have, we know Jesus helps us through it…”
Thank you to our middle school youth, for your thoughtful reflection on the Advent of God coming among us as the Christ child and offering us the hope, peace, love and joy of Emmanuel…God with us!