First Sunday of Advent: Hope

First Sunday of Advent: Hope
Art by Favor, 14, UMC, Monrovia, Liberia

Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36

As I reflect on Luke 21:25-36 through the ears of a musician and the heart of a chaplain at the onset of Advent, the words of a great song play in my mind to console.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” God’s tender word I hear,
And resting on God’s goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path God leadeth, but one step I may see;
God’s eye is on the sparrow, and I know God watches me;
God’s eye is on the sparrow, and I know God watches me.

—Cirvilla Martin (lyricist)

Humanity as a whole has experienced great grief during the pandemic. Communal anxiety and depression continue to rise in our world, raising fear of the future.

While walking the long hospital corridors to visit patients and families, it became difficult to share hope as families said goodbye to their loved ones via video technology. But I started to hear statements from family members and staff: “I hope their pain subsides. I hope the family overcomes their pain. I hope the nurse keeps loving. …”

Could it be possible that hope never dies?

Hope shifts and changes depending on our circumstances, but I wondered, does hope ever really die? Hope is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as the expectation and desire for a certain thing. As Christians, our hope is found in the Christ child.

Be uplifted and encouraged that hope is coming. Our light will shine once more throughout this season of preparation in Advent. Personally, I long to see Baby Jesus in a manger, so sweet, so new — vulnerable, yet full of hope. Don’t be afraid!!!

God is with us!

Deaconess Yvette Diaz currently serves as an outpatient therapist/grief specialist in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. She previously served as a maternal health hospital chaplain.

Posted or updated: 11/26/2021 12:00:00 AM

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Advent 2021

November 28: First Sunday of Advent
December 5: Second Sunday of Advent
December 12: Third Sunday of Advent
December 19: Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 24: Christmas Eve
December 31: New Year's Eve