This week is the start of advent season. You may wonder what advent is and why we celebrate it. It begins the 1st Sunday of 4, leading up to Christmas. Advent symbolizes the present church as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. We are waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of Christ’s kingdom; when he returns for his people.

In this light, the Advent hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” perfectly represents the church’s cry during the Advent season:
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

As this was sung in anticipation of the coming Messiah, may we sing it with remembrance and confident expectation of Christ’s 2nd coming.

With all of that being said, I want to ask you is your heart filled with hope? Do you have a confident expectation of tomorrow? What happens when the road ahead is filled with loss and stress weighs you down? When our hope dwindles what can you do? How can you walk in hope when you feel hopeless inside?

Hope in Jesus comes from more than just a belief that he was once a baby in a manger. He is our anchor for our soul. It is something deep within that secures you through the storms of life.

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf. 6:19-20a

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