Hope in The Holiday Season

Ken Corr

To See and Behold

Hope is the ability to believe that something better is out there. The ancient prophets believed that in spite of current events, corrupt leaders, wars, famines, and the faithlessness of God’s people, that hope still existed for them. They could see beyond the current circumstances and toward a time when God would send His Messiah and restore all things.

In Zechariah 9:9, the prophet Zechariah saw it and said, “Shout for joy. Behold, your king is coming . . . mounted on a donkey.” This ability to see and imagine beyond is a spiritual exercise.

Believing for Better

The message of Advent also looks beyond the current circumstances and sees that our King is coming again. That is a message of hope. I can’t remember a time when this message was more needed than it is now.

Currently, depression is one of the leading forms of mental illness. The ongoing pandemic, the political divide, the controversy over mask mandates and vaccination, the devastating results of climate change, the loss of jobs, and the breakdown of the home are all causes for despair. And as a result, so many people are having a hard time imagining anything better, unable to find hope in the holiday season.

To Live in This Hope

Sometimes in our lives, we experience circumstances that make it difficult for us to imagine something better. Our pastor Mike Glenn often says, “You are either in a storm, about to enter a storm, or are just coming out of a storm.” None of us are immune from difficulty, tragedy, crisis, or trauma. But there is hope on the other side of these circumstances because God has not given up on us.

Here is where the message of Advent is so important for our world. Regardless of how hopeless things might seem, God has not given up on his world: “Behold, your King is coming.” See it. Believe it. And Live. May these words ring true for you, that you would find hope in the holiday season.

As we begin the season of Advent, rather than focusing on the present difficulties, give some time for gratitude in the knowledge that God is working, even now, to bring about His kingdom. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.