Have Hope; Give Hope

“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.”
—Jeremiah 23:5 (NRSV)

Let’s be honest. This hasn’t been a very -filled year. No normal graduations, weddings, births, family vacations, holidays, etc. Probably the last word you would use to describe this last year was a year of . There didn’t seem to be much to for.

And yet. God still brings . Through Jesus Christ – God brings . This advent season as we anticipate the magical time with our families and the birth of our Branch – and in every season even when we have a hard time seeing that .

Sometime this week or in the coming week I am going to ask you to do two things:

Write down a list of things you for in the coming year. What do you in your relationship with God? What do you for your family? What do you for in your friendships? What do you for in work or in your personal life? What are the things you for in this coming year? Write that list down and hang it up somewhere you will see it often. Pray about those things. Allow God to be a part of it all because ultimately God brings the we desire and seek out in all areas of our life.

Figure out a way this advent season to bring someone . Maybe you know someone who needs a meal. Maybe you know someone who could use a bending ear and are lonely. Give them a call and just chat with them and pray with them. Maybe you know someone who is in desperate need of the of Jesus Christ. Invite them to church whether in person or to watch online with you in your home. Extend the same that God gives to you to someone else this month.