Advent Hope

It feels like the wheels are coming off right now. Every headline is exposing the fragility of the relationship between the sexes, the boasting of power in missiles and might, the deep mistrust of those who express difference, the hostility towards those who do not agree with our point of view. What in the world can we trust? Advent hope. It is in 'accordance with the eternal purpose that God has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord' (Eph.3:11) Eugene Peterson says it like this:

“Hoping does not mean doing nothing. It is the opposite of desperate and panicky manipulations, of scurrying and worrying. And hoping is not dreaming. It is not spinning an illusion or fantasy to protect us from our boredom or our pain. It means a confident, alert expectation that God will do what He said He will do. It is imagination put in the harness of faith. It is a willingness to let God do it His way and in His time.”