Advent Day 28: Hope was Born that First Christmas Day!

Advent Day 28 Reading: John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.  The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was his own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God-  children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testifies concerning Him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’ “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.

Phew! Now that is not only one long passage of scripture, but it is one that is overflowing with priceless golden nuggets of truth each sparkling ever so brightly that individually they could be focused and meditated upon to receive the full magnificence of their beauty.  With that said, on this Christmas Day celebration of 2010, as I finish our Advent series, (great job to all of you that have faithfully stayed the course), in culmination of the anticipation and now arrival of Christ’s birth, I’d will be choosing just one golden nugget revealed in this passage to share about; that of Hope.

Hope was Born that First Christmas Day!  Oh, Hope was always with us as the scriptures above so clearly  say; but now He, Jesus Christ our true Hope, was incarnated into tangible Hope we could not only believe in, but see and touch. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 

As the advent season approached us this year I was reminded of the numerous challenges that so many have faced, and as I began this series, Holy Spirit encouraged me that,  Hope was Born on that First Christmas Day! As we all move forward into a New Year my prayer and heart’s desire is for each of us to receive a fresh infilling and impartation of that Hope.

A Hope that makes us both strong and courageous. A Hope that anticipates good and perfect gifts from our Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. A Hope that shimmers and shines in the face of all obstacles that come your way.  A Hope that does not disappoint, because He is The Faithful One.  O’ how He loves you and me!  O’come let us adore Him……………Christ the hope-giving Lord!

Snowflakes of Hope

Hope was born

That first Christmas night;

Then in the fullness of time

Into snowflakes it multiplied.

And multiplied and multiplied

Into all shapes and all sizes;

Each unique and diverse

Filling the entire universe! 

Endlessly descending from heaven

Every hour, 24/7;

Snowflakes all a “one of a kind”

Sent with your name in mind.

Fashioned solely and expressly

As hope-filled answers to prayer;

Meeting wants, needs, desperation

Falling Snowflakes everywhere!

So with eagerness and anticipation

Keep watch, wait and pray;

For heaven’s favor, Father’s love

To shower upon you from above.

Never-ending Snowflakes of Hope

His Presence, peace and plenty;

Manifested joy, blissful cheer

Throughout the 2011 New Year!

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

Merriest of Hope-FILLED Christmases to you!

 -The Quilted Poetess

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