Hope’s Fruit


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”  Romans 15:13

Emily Dickenson wrote, “hope is the thing with feathers” In her poem, hope perches in the soul, ready to take flight. What a beautiful picture of the attentiveness and expectation of hope!

I love the candle of hope. It’s a reminder that something wonderful is coming.

Jesus is on his way. He’s coming — to us and for us.

Hope, as we know, is a powerful thing. Hope grows into belief and with practice belief matures into faith. We go from an idea to action. We make choices founded on trust that the thing hoped for is really coming.

The best part is that our hope is already here. We’re not waiting in the dark for the Savior to come. He’s here today in this moment.

God with us. Emmanuel. He is the light that banishes every kind of darkness. Whatever hardship you’re carrying, rest in the peace of that hope today.

Father, Thank you for sending your Son to walk among us, to stand in our place and take our punishment, purify us from all sin, and bring us the hope of Heaven. Thank you for making a way for us to have a relationship with You. When the days are dark and the load is heavy, turn our eyes to you so that we can renew our hope, our strength and our joy in your great love for us. Amen.

If there is something specific that is weighing on your mind, bring it to God. If possible, light a candle to remind yourself that God’s perfect love casts out all fear.

By Claire Colvin
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Further Reading

•   A Poem of Hope
•  Hope for the Hopeless
•  Salvation Explained

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