The Christmas season is now properly upon us. The Sunday following Thanksgiving (four weeks before the celebration of Christmas) marks the first day of Advent—the celebration of Christ’s coming. Each week focuses on a different theme, and this year we will consider Hope during this first week of Advent.

Hope is an intriguing thing because of what people are willing to place their hope for a future in. Speaking in specifically spiritual terms, people have been know to place their hope in good works, alms-giving, heritage, church membership and/or attendance. But the hymn writer understood the nature of hope when he wrote:


My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

(“The Solid Rock” words by Edward Mote)


What we discover along the way in our search for hope is that the only true and lasting hope can be found in Christ.