Season of Hope
Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.
~ Martin Luther
Winter lends itself to hope. Leaves are no longer on trees and flowers are awaiting the following spring deep underground. Many of us find ourselves bundled up and looking down at the sidewalks, lest we slip on a patch of ice and fall.
It is here in these winter days that we are gifted with some of the most beautiful things we will ever see. The bare trees allow us to see their true shapes that are most of the year hidden by leaves. The colors of the sky at sunrise and sunset come only in this season. And because of the deep, darkness we can almost feel the warmth of the lights that are shining.
Luther’s words remind us that some of our best work is done without knowing the outcome, but done because the work needs doing. Even before we engage in the task we envision, we dream, we hope it to life. With this hope comes energy and often a focus that surprises, inspires and nudges us.
May this Advent season renew in you the beauty and grace of hoping for something. These are days of rekindling our faith journey. Now we are welcomed into seeing beyond what is and what has been these past days. Now we are praying and singing ourselves into all that is yet to be.
Breath prayer: “trust” “and have hope”
Prayer: God who was, is and who will be renew in us a vision for what is yet to be. Strengthen our weary hearts, too long doubting. Inspire us to see again the beauty of your world, especially in these winter days. Enliven our spirits to your YES this day. And we are ever grateful, Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.