HOPE LIFTS OUR eyes above the present human condition and circumstance. … Without hope, there is little motivation for patience. But where hope is present—and hope is a gift of God (1 Cor. 13:13)—there is a will to continue and a path forward. …
Each Advent our congregation lights the candles of peace, hope, joy, love, and light. Each Advent I preach a sermon that touches on the gift of hope. At times I will look back over sermons preached in prior years—I do not want to repeat myself! I note that the world was troubled—warfare, famine, terrorism, poverty. And yet we light the candle of hope anyway, for the prophets taught us to live hopefully, toward the vision of a new heaven and a new earth (Isa. 65:17).
Patience and hope are the friends of intercession. They prod us to stay with it; their presence encourages us not to give up or lose heart. Like friends, they are there when we need them most, helping us to walk in the right paths, lifting our hearts and spirits.
- Kenneth H. Carter Jr.
“Pray for Me”
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“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.”
Luke 1:68, NRSV
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