There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope! Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
–Romans 15:12-13 MSG
For Americans, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Christmas season. Shopping, crazy black Friday deals,people storming malls, children writing letters to Santa and composing Christmas lists, working hard to stay on the “nice” list.
I love Christmas.
But the beginning of the Christmas season also marks a season of something much deeper. It marks a season of hope. I grew up in a Lutheran church in a deeply rooted Scandinavian-Lutheran family. I loved the advent season we celebrated each Christmas. I loved lighting the candles on the wreath each Sunday, waiting for Christmas Eve to light the final candle. We waited. We hoped.
Christmas is a season of hope, a joy-filled time of waiting for His coming.
He came down and invaded earth, grew in a woman’s womb, grasped for air at His first breath and entered this world in humility. He contained His glory in an infant body. He came to walk among us and redeem a broken world.
He is hope.
Mary labored and bled, and He broke through, breaking a 400 year silence of the presence of God on the earth.
And we wait. We wait for Him. We reach for hope He offers to come to us and live in us.
No matter what we’re going through…..we wait on His coming. We wait for Him to show up in power in our lives, we wait on His promises. We wait to hear His voice, for Him to intervene in circumstances out of our control, to dwell in our families, to heal bodies, to bind broken hearts, to breath hope into hopelessness.
We wait. He is coming.
Come, Lord Jesus. Meet us this Christmas season. We reach for You, the God of all hope, our only hope, to fill every broken place, to break the silence in our lives and heart and to fill us with all joy and hope that we can only find in the presence of God.
It’s official….I’ve been on blogging hiatus. Three little kids have me very busy, but so thankful for taking the time I need just for them. My goal this Christmas is to write for the next 24 days as we anticipate Christmas….celebrating the birth of Jesus. I’ll write about hope and joy and whatever the Lord is stirring my heart as I wait for Him. Join me if you’d like.