As I write this letter, we have just begun the Advent Season, which was kicked off in a very special way yesterday. During our Morning Service of Worship we studied Zephaniah 3:14-17 and were reminded just how wonderful it is to know that in Christ we can take great joy in knowing that God rejoices and exults over us!
Then yesterday evening we had a special as always Chrismon Service and heard heart-felt testimonies of how God is working in and through His people.
As Rebecca Jordan Heys reminds us in the Today devotional booklet, in 1 Corinthians 13:13 we read about the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and love. Of course, all three are important throughout the year, but Advent is a particularly good time to emphasize Christian hope!
As we continue this Advent Season, Hope Revealed will remain our theme. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 5:5, “and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
As Pastor Calvin Aardsma shares, “Hope is a vital part of life. Hope drives and motivates us. It gives us the power endure in hard time. Without hope we die. The good news in our passage today is that through faith we can have hope even in the face of our sinfulness and in life’s hardships.”
This Advent Season, may we take great hope in God’s love that has been given to us by the Holy Spirit! Christ came to earth that through faith in Him we can have open and lasting access to God!
Aardsma continues with some good questions: Do you feel underserving of God’s love? Do you feel you are beyond hope? In the Christmas season, we celebrate not what we have done, but what God has done for us! Our hope is not in ourselves. Real hope rest in God’s promises and in his amazing love for sinners like you and me. Can you look forward to celebrating Christmas with that hope?
This Advent Season, we will continue to learn about the hope that is revealed in Jesus. And my prayer for each of you is that you will know afresh God’s infinite love that is revealed in and through the Savior. And that you will delight in knowing that God rejoices and exults over us as we worship Him in Christ!