For so many, the holidays seem full of hope and joy at seeing family members. I have spent enough Christmases without family to not have the hope that comes from being with familiar family members. In those years, being part of the family of God offered me the hope of a larger family that has many surprise members.
Paul writes about a living hope in 1 Peter 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who…has begotten us again to a living hope.” Jack Hayford comments, “It is the song of the gospel and the message of the Kingdom of God: ‘Let the hopeless find hope, let the broken be healed, let the oppressed go free!’” This piece is tucked in his devotional quoting his book, A New Time and Place every year at the beginning of the Christmas season.
Hayford continues, “It is not a matter of fortune or luck. It is a matter of love. It is the way of the King. He reverses situation. He turns impossibilities on their heads. He transforms darkness into dazzling light and plants living hope in the lives of all who come to Him.”