Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
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This last weekend we launched into our Christmas Season called “The Thrill of Hope” by lighting the first Advent candle. This candle is known in Christian tradition as the “prophet” or “hope” candle. When the prophet Isaiah spoke of a coming Messiah, he declared that the child would be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” This person, called Jesus, would establish and uphold the Kingdom of God and bring about justice and righteousness. He would increase HOPE in the heart of humanity.
And humanity needs hope. These are dark times. I’m writing this the day after yet another mass shooting resulting in the loss of life. So tragic. So painful.
Friends, this hope we have is a real hope. Not fanciful or wishful thinking. It is weighty and life-giving.
It is a hope based upon God’s history. God has an unchanging nature and He has established an unbroken oath to us.
His unchanging nature is one of love. God is love. Period.
His unbroken oath or covenant is backed by His stellar character.
So, today, if you are needing HOPE, I encourage you to look to the Father, through His Son Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Together, we can and will experience the Thrill of Hope.