Sometimes we are so focused on the waiting and preparing aspects of Advent that we forget that Advent is also a time of hope, and a time to ask yourself: Are you a person of hope, and what do you deeply hope for?
We are all carrying heavy burdens. We are all suffering in some way. We have all known loss. We all fear and worry about the future. We all hold a tension in us.
We need people of hope. We need hearts of hope. We need words of hope. And most importantly, we need to tap into the hope that lives inside of us -- the hope that God gives us.
This Advent, I hope for healing and victory. Healing of mind, body, and spirit. Victory of all that is good and of light in me, and not all that is dark.
And this Advent, I ask for the grace to be a person of more hope, because that’s what the world around me needs. It doesn’t need another despaired and hurting soul. It needs a hopeful one that points to the Lord’s love and goodness.
What hope is stirring in you? What gift of the Christ child do you long to receive? And how are you called to be a person of hope?