Carol Round on Developing Bold Hope During Trying Times

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful”—Hebrews 10:23 (NIV).

As the first candle of Advent was lit this past Sunday at our church, it set the tone for this season—a season of hope. For those unfamiliar with the Christian liturgical year, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.

For Christians, Advent is a time to reflect. It’s a time of anticipation, a time of waiting. During this busy season, we seek the quiet reflected in the starry night, thanking God for what He has done in our lives, wondering what God is doing, and what He will do next.

While Advent celebrates Christ’s birth—His first coming, it’s also a time of excitement and preparation as Christians anticipate His second coming, His return as Christ the King. It’s a time for imperfect people—all of us—to look forward to something greater to come, something greater than ourselves. The hope of better things to come.

Where is Our Hope?

Throughout each century, there have been many reasons for mankind to lose hope. War and threats of war. Economic upheaval. Religious and racial tensions. Weather-related catastrophes. Add in global pandemics, both past and present, and you have a recipe for hopelessness.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Carol Round