This past week we started our celebration of Advent (which means coming or to come) as we look forward to the coming of the Christ child.
Each year we light candles on the wreath leading up to Christmas Eve, when we light the final Christ candle.
The first candle on the wreath represents hope. Hope is a powerful thing and can make the difference between a life full of meaning and a life without. Hope can keep us going during dark seasons of grief, depression or pain. Hope can help us persevere during the hard times of life. Hope can push us on to do the right thing knowing that God is with us.
Isaiah 9:2 says "the people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned"
During your dark nights (or days or months or even years) it is good to know that there is light coming. No matter how dark the night seems, morning is on it's way.
For us that coming is Jesus. Jesus brings us hope. His love helps us press on. His power gives us the ability to trust Him.
I pray you remember the hope that you have in Christ. He is "with us" and that is the hope we cling to.