Hope

Okay so this blog post will go some way to make up for the previous one!

This year for Advent in church I constructed an advent calendar with just four windows: one for each Sunday of Advent.
The front of the calendar was plain black – deliberately so. I wanted it to look as unadorned and unpromising as possible.
Then behind each window in the blackness, I placed a different brightly coloured letter.

So on week one we revealed

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That may have been the Sunday morning when both the sound and vision failed before the service requiring us to completely rewrite the service with five minutes to go! I joked that I hoped the emerging word might be HELP.

On week two our window revealed an ‘O’ .

“Ho, ho ho”? Said someone. Well that would have been seasonal I guess.

On week three we revealed a ‘P’

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it was becoming pretty obvious what the word was. Even so, during coffee after the service jokes were still being made about what would be behind window number four:

“ppit” would be fun, suggested one. ‘S’? Suggested another, someone with more beer than carols on their mind.

Not surprisingly on week four we reached:
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and the teaching points are:

1. Hope often emerges from the dark – so hang on in there.

2. Hope often only reveals itself slowly – so be patient.

It usually takes a while to see the full story and Christian hope will always retain a future dimension.

“But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?” Romans 8:24

but we are promised: ‘hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us’. Romans 5:5

 

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