By: Rev. Dr. Scott Sommerfeld
The season of Advent begins this weekend. It prepares us for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Many have used the Advent Wreath to count the days before Christmas and to make the days before Christmas count. Each Sunday another candle is lit and another key word guides our spiritual preparation and reflection. You can add the Advent Wreath tradition to your home this year, too, just like we will add it to our weekend worship.
What is the key word for this week? It’s HOPE.
Have you ever felt like you’ve lost HOPE? What does that feel like? How important is HOPE for a rich and satisfying life? Do you know anyone who needs HOPE? What role do you think HOPE played in Mary’s life when the Angel Gabriel announced that she would give birth to baby Jesus, the Savior of the world?
The days of December can be so busy that we easily get wrapped up in our lists and gatherings and may forget to unwrap the greatest gift of all. Still others get wrapped up in the loneliness, disappointment, pain, and hurt that this season seems to bring. What we believe at Trinity is that Christmas is a time when we get to unwrap the greatest gift of all; the One who brought about the first Christmas, the One who Christmas is all about, Jesus.
This weekend we invite you to unwrap God’s gift for you and for all -- a real and solid HOPE that comes from Jesus! May God bless your worship and weekly reflection so that you experience a renewal of HOPE in your life—God’s gift for you!