The Hope of Christmas

So, when we were first asked which blog month we wanted to write back in August, I made a comment about writing December's, as I thought I might have something to write about by then... I'm writing this in another lockdown.


There were all these plans being made. Outreach and toddler groups. Messy church and assemblies. But then, it all had to stop again.


As I write this it's a month till Christmas. The time in our year where we get to celebrate something so incredible.


JESUS.


God sent his son to earth for us. He sent him as that tiny baby so we can know the hope of God's promise. That God is with us in all things and at all times. The hope of God's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.


In our house we have this:



It’s our own advent wreath. Our first Sunday in advent this year is happening in lockdown.


This is why for those committed and avid blog readers out there, this particular blog is coming a few days early!


This first week on our advent wreath is Hope. We light the candle to remind us of the Hope we have.


The Hope of Jesus.


The Hope of the promise God has given us – that we can spend our lives with Him. Now and forever.


If you have never asked God for that Hope – now is your chance. And if you have known God for all your life, let’s re-kindle that Hope today.


Let us pray for Hope. For us. For our families. Our neighbours and communities. Our world.


Let us be ready to celebrate Christmas with a new found Hope for what God has done for us.

He sent us Jesus.


So if you haven't got an advent wreath at home why not make one. And as you light your candle pray this verse from Romans 15:13


"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."


And I pray that as we hopefully come back together we can celebrate Christmas with a new sense of Hope.


Happy Christmas


Nikki

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