This first week of Advent is focused on hope: the hope we have because God came to earth to save us. Sometimes, even in this season of hope, it can be hard to feel hopeful. Worries and stresses steal our focus. Some are facing their first Christmas after the loss of a loved one. Others find themselves discouraged that this is yet another holiday with no special someone to celebrate with. For all those who need a little help in the hope department, we offer these comforting words from Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, written as a love letter from Jesus to you. It’s our prayer that you find hope this Christmas . . . and find opportunities to share that hope with others.
Softly I announce My Presence. Shimmering hues of radiance tap gently at your consciousness, seeking entrance. Though I have all Power in heaven and on earth, I am infinitely tender with you. The weaker you are, the more gently I approach you. Let your weakness be a door to My Presence. Whenever you feel inadequate, remember that I am your ever-present Help.
Hope in Me, and you will be protected from depression and self-pity. Hope is like a golden cord connecting you to heaven. The more you cling to this cord, the more I bear the weight of your burdens; thus, you are lightened. Heaviness is not of My kingdom. Cling to hope, and My rays of Light will reach you through the darkness.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
Excerpt from Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, New King James Version, Sarah Young, General Editor. © 2011 (Thomas Nelson). Used by permission.