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Advent Devotional – December 13, 2019

By: Christine Frye

Readings: Ruth 4:13-17 2 Peter 3:11-18 Psalm 146:5-10 

The message of Psalm 146 is very clear: God protects the marginalized. God blesses those without “status” and who society casts aside. The Psalm also brings a sense of longing for us to figure it out too. Why are these groups vulnerable? How did we cause it? What can we do to repair the damage? It is a daunting task, but the Psalm reminds us that there is hope that we can grow. 

“Blessed are those… who hope in the Lord our God.” 

Recently, a friend shared with me that hope is a “divine emotion.” Hope requires us to look forward and then hold on to that anticipation for the future. It is divine because it requires a bit of faith that everything in the future is not going to crumble. 

Hope is a bit of optimism mixed with a lot of persistence. 

Hope is just holding on when you have no idea when the pain will end. 

Hope is opening your hearts and ears to the cries of the marginalized. 

Hope is praying and taking action to change. 

Hope is the emotion of progress. 

…it takes a lot to hope right? Well, this is where God comes in. We call to God for the strength to keep on hoping. And with God’s support, we can all keep striving for a better tomorrow for everyone.

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