Our Hope & Expectation – Hope Renewed!

Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas 2020
by The St. Jude’s Writers

Reflection on the Collect for the first Sunday of Advent, Year B 
Sunday, 29 November 2020

Hope Renewed!

The Collect: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which Your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when He shall come again in His glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through Him who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Reflection: As we enter this new season of Advent with song, wreath and lessons, we are reminded that the very coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is near.  We know that He has been here from the beginning; He has been here in time, and now He comes to us in this very hour. He reminds us about yet another day, and another hour, another coming of which no one knows the moment, except the Father, and He bids us to be ready. Will He find us ready?   

The Advent message speaks of hope and deliverance…hope for you and me…hope for our restoration and healing.  This is why hope is such a decisive factor in the fight against a deadly enemy like COVID-19 or whatever else it is that is a threat to our peace of mind and stability at this time.  It is our belief that hope is confidence in God, or the assurance that the One who has acted in the past and is at work in the present will continue to act in the future. 

Hope helps us to look beyond what is present to a brighter future. It accentuates the positive and inspires us to look with confidence at what is ahead rather than to focus on the mis-steps of the past. In his second letter to the Christians in Corinth, the Apostle Paul wrote, For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal, (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). 

In this regard, it makes the present situation less burdensome. It does not necessarily change the present circumstances but, knowing that whatever the situation is, and that it is only seasonal, can result in a change of attitude from negative to positive. Therefore, rather than despair at this time, we can transform that threatening cloud of despair into a radiant, blue sky of sunshine of hope as we use each moment as a stepping stone towards the renewal of hope and confidence in the God whose unfailing compassion and love is steadfast and sure.  Paul affirms in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Amen!

Meditation: May Jehovah Shalom surround you!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You tell us not to be afraid of what the future holds, not to worry about tomorrow, but You know how difficult we find it to heed Your words. For we worry about so many things; our families, our friends, our circumstances; some worries, big worries; most worries, tiny niggles. We come before You this day, and with confidence, to present them to You and lay them all at Your feet. Amen.

St. Jude’s Church
Stony Hill

Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas 2020
by The St. Jude’s Writers