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Hope Through The Storm [Advent: Day 3]

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Here we are, day three in our journey through the advent season. A time of waiting with joyful anticipation on Christ, our one true hope.

But what happens when what we feel is pain instead of joy? Fear instead of hope?

I have just finished up a long day of work and am sitting in a quiet house. It’s funny how things surface when you’re still. As I was praying this morning I felt a sort of heaviness come over me, so I’m just going to have an honest moment here. This year seems to have kicked it up a notch in the pain and suffering department. We have seen and felt loss, sickness and broken relationships with what seems a greater intensity.

It seems the storms are raging in the lives of our loved ones and in our world as a whole. Which so often begs the question of why? The knowledge we have tells us sin has separated us from God, and that we will never know depth of the effect it has, though I think it’s apparent looking at the broken world that we live in. But knowledge can’t fix that dull ache we feel when storms of life come our way. It is a void that only Jesus can fill and has brought awareness that the holidays are often hard for those around us.

I love words from a Hymn written by J.W. Howe :

Fear not to trust Me in the storm,

I’m always very near.

I come thy needless fears to calm,

Then, weary ones, don’t fear.

Fear not, I am with thee,

Fear not, I am with thee,

Fear not, I am with thee,

Am with thee all the way.

I may not always seem so near

As thou wouldst have Me be;

But in the calm and in the storm,

I all thy dangers see. 

Fear not to trust My mighty arm;

It bro’t salvation down.

I suffered much to give thee life,

To give to thee a crown. 

God is near to the broken hearted. He mourns with those who mourn. He fights on our behalf. He is hope in the midst of the storm and the victory in any battle. He has the final say. We can stand on the truth of His word and on shoulders of His strength because He will never leave us or forsake us.

During this holiday season, lets be more mindful of those around us who are hurting. For so many, the holidays bring sadness instead of joy, fear instead of assurance, pain instead of hope. Lets not turn our heads, but be be strength for those who need it the most.

 “But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.” (Psalm 33:18-22 NIV)

Father, for those of us in the midst of a storm, may we fix our eyes on you. You are our strength and salvation, the victory is yours. You are the solid rock on which we stand. Though the pain we feel is real, our hope is in you Lord. Thank you that we can trust you in the storm. Give us peace beyond understanding and strength in the midst. Our trust is in you alone. Amen.

Previous Advent Posts:

Day 1: One True Hope

Day 2: Waiting With Joy