Our Hope


We’re getting down to the wire now, the day –  “THE DAY” – is just around the corner.  People are out there scurrying around doing all the last minute things that need doing which I really don’t get because the last minute is really ongoing as there is always something that needs doing and someone that finds the need to do it. So the last minute is really, just always a minute in which we choose to do something – scurry or be still.   I have a friend who isn’t scurrying she is being still sitting by the bed of her dying mother, praying and knowing that the time has come to say good bye and that every Christmas going forward from this one will be different somehow.

In all this craziness and busyness and last minute to dos it does not get past me that there are people that want to push through, get past, move on, away from this time.  There are people that are living the hard truth that this season, this time right now that has people crazy, scurrying and overwhelmed and happy, all at the same time, is just all too much and the load feels like more than they can bear.

I am aware as I walk through the malls and the streets that there are people that are struggling this season, feeling heavy with grief and there seems to be miles between them and the Happy that comes so easily attached to the Holiday.  There has been loss and with loss pain and with pain tears and with tears all the questions that spill out and over hearts and lives – why now, why him, why her, why us?  Just – Why?

Happy is hard, merry next to impossible.

Joy is struggling to get to the surface.  Where is the hope?

I will make the darkness bright before them and smooth out the road ahead of them.  Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them. Isaiah 43:16

Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.  I have called you by name; you are mine.  When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you.  When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.  For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:1-3

Don’t be afraid! He said, “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior – yes the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem”. Luke 2:10

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!”  he said.  “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said would happen.” Matthew 28:5-6

This is where the hope is.  This is our hope.

This is the season when even if the load is too heavy to bear there is hope. Hope in a Savior that was given so that no man should die but because of Him, through Him man should live.  Let this sink in, deep into your heart.  Let this be what spills out in your tears over your heart and life; that His love, His promises – His birth and death and resurrection for us – all of this – it is our hope, our hope now, in this season and our hope in the days going forward, whether busy or still.

He is our Hope.

“That is all there is left in these last days of the Advent road – the sacredness of His presence saturating everything.”  Ann Voskamp

About joymsteed

"This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:4 I love this verse but the problem is I, more often than not, spend so much time rushing through the day that I don't think I really embrace what God is telling me through this verse. So, I am deciding to stand still or at least go slow and enjoy the days and the blessings that come, all of them; the ordinary and the extraordinary, the hard and the good, catching the moments wrapped up in each and giving thanks for the journey I am on. I am blessed to venture forward with my husband of 20 years and our two daughters, life has been hard and good and taken us places we never imagined we would go - both standing still and moving. God has been good and now as we enter a new stage, that point where our family road begins to have forks that are leading our girls to begin chapters in their stories that are separate from our story and although this excites me it also makes me wonder what's next for this mom, where do I go from here and what will this next chapter look like for me? I don't have the answers yet, what I do know though is that God is good and I know that He is going to lead and I will obediently follow, leaning in, standing still and rejoicing in the days ahead, the good and the hard days, the ordinary and the extraordinary days and the blessings wrapped in each. Thanks for stopping by and joining in my journey!

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