The Season of Hope
It’s almost Christmas–the season of hope, peace, joy, love, and Jesus. The advent season gives each of us the opportunity to prepare our hearts for this miraculous time. It’s so important to honor traditions, both old and new, spend time with loved ones and purposefully plan ways to celebrate the Holy One.
If you’re looking for traditions your family can invest in, make plans to gather, fellowship, and celebrate Jesus this Christmas season. Gather around an Advent Wreath, read the Scriptures each week and experience the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. You’ll find great encouragement in the blessings of each week as you prepare your hearts and home to receive His greatest gifts.
Cling to the hope of the season. From His humble beginnings as a baby to His time here on earth, Jesus knows first hand what you are dealing with and you can be grateful that His Word gives you everything you need.
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15
He Brings Hope & Peace to His People
For some individuals and families, the holiday season is tough time to navigate. The strain of past difficulties are often front and center and finding any sense of hope or peace seems allusive.
But. Jesus. He brings hope to His people and He longs for you to turn to Him. Be mindful of those you love and who struggle with believing there is hope. Do your best to reflect His light and be a gracious giver with your words. Continue to keep your focus on Christ and celebrate that He is the light of the world.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
As you and your loved ones prepare for the Christmas season, here are seven ways to prepare your heart and cling to the One who gives us hope.
- Meditate. Reflect on a season designed to celebrate God’s love and sacrifice. Read Luke 2 and related verses to savor the birth of Jesus.
- Gather. Plan time together as a family and make it meaningful. Play games, watch a movie, read the Christmas story–enjoy each other’s company.
- Celebrate. The season of Advent prepare us for the birth of Jesus. Light a candle each week. Choose a book to read that commemorates the birth of Jesus.
- Hospitality. Provide love and care to your neighbors and friends. Prepare a care package of baked goods or candies, send a card, or go caroling. There are so many ways to show others how much they mean to you.
- Simplify. Avoid letting busyness take over the true meaning of the season. Be strategic and plan your activities. Know what your family can handle. Overload and overwhelm clutter the season with the unnecessary.
- Gratitude. Give thanks. Make a list of blessings from the year. Despite the challenges He is the giver of hope. Spend time thanking God for all the ways He has taken care of you.
- Focus on the Christmas experience and less on money. Remember the reason for the season and it’s not about going into debt for earthly treasures that will take a back seat to eternal treasures that await us.
- How do you and your family celebrate advent?
- Describe how your gratitude impacts the hope you have in Christ.
Dear Lord, thank You for loving us so much that you gave Your one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should have eternal life. May your Word bring hope and peace as we navigate the trials and challenges that come our way, and may Your light help us to triumph over darkness. In your Precious Name, Amen!