Living a life of Hope this Christmas: A special Christmas message from the Reverend Pam Searle
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Our Bible has a lot to say about hope, but what does hope mean to you? Perhaps you are hopeful for a better year than this year; or perhaps you hope that life remains exactly as it has this year. Either way, Hope in our bibles has a rather different meaning. Hebrews 11 begins with words of Hope; to Christians, it means that all our confidence that comes with knowing for sure, with no question, what we have been promised by God in His Word will come to pass. Christian biblical hope is a reality and not a feeling, and is founded upon the Rock of our salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ. God’s word says in Jeremiah 29, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." This Christmas may God’s will be done in our lives.
Dear Lord, Thank you that you are the Lord of all, that your words are true and thank You that despite all the things that I have experienced this year good and bad, I am still breathing, and I have you in my life. Thank You that I am not deserted or alone, but I am able to call upon you at any moment in prayer. Thank You Father that I am not without hope, because I have you as my Lord, my Saviour, and my Rescuer. Help me Lord to hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for You who promised is faithful. I thank you Father for who you are and that no matter what I go through you are in control. Amen.
May you be filled with Hope this Christmas.