Advent

Spilling Out Hope

God made hope to be never ending, never fading, and always overflowing. And yet, I have felt hope fade at times this year. It would take one news article, a heartbreaking loss, or weariness from fighting fear to make me start thinking hope was hiding from me. 

So I started finding ways to break out hope. Instead of focusing on all the pain and loss of this year for me personally and for the world, I started focusing on all the stories that were spilling out with hope. 

I would turn the pages of verses spilling over with hope. I would call a friend and we would start sharing stories of faith and hope and all the ways Jesus is faithful. And soon, I would find that hope wasn’t hiding from me but it was right there all along waiting for me to notice. 

That kind of hope is the hope that Jesus gave us in himself. It’s living hope because He is our living hope. He is the reminder that hope will never end. He never leaves me so hope will always be alive in me. 

And if we let it, hope can spill out of our lives and into the hearts of those around us. Hope was always meant to be moving forward. Hope was always meant to be shared because hope is Jesus and Jesus was always meant to be shared. 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 

1 Peter 1:3

“Hope is the one constant because Jesus is constantly with you. And Jesus knows turns you never heard of, makes roads you wouldn’t have dreamed of, makes miracles happen exactly where you never would have imagined. There is a reason He is called the way.”  (Ann Voskamp)
 
God, I thank you for the gift of hope that we have in you. I thank you that you created us with the capacity to hope. May we find rest in the knowledge that you are faithful and you never fail us. Thank you that because of Jesus, hope will always be alive. I pray that we would spill out hope to everyone we encounter this week. May we be people who make hope contagious this week. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Image by Alexander Kagan via Unsplash

A proud Kentuckian. Writer. Blogger. Speaker. Traveler. Abolitionist. Artist. Musician. Singer/Songwriter. Coffee Fanatic. (wannabe) Photographer. President of LFI Co Founder of The Harbor Project.

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