Hope is the little voice you hear whisper "maybe" when it seems the entire world is screaming "never."
It's what keeps football players motivated when they are losing 35 to 19 at halftime.
It's what keeps a law student stuck in the library until after midnight five nights a week.
It's what keeps an EMT performing chest compressions until they reach the hospital.
It's what keeps brand new parents in the hospital for weeks when the doctor says something's not right.
It's what kept Abraham Lincoln fighting, Martin Luther King Jr. marching, and Rosa Parks sitting.
It's what kept my mother working three jobs with two kids at home.
It’s what kept my family together when my sister tried to take her own life.
It's what kept early Christians inspired as they were martyred and Paul passionate as he was tortured.
Hope is the reason we remain faithful. It's is the driving force behind our trust in Jesus. We put our hope in a better tomorrow; we put our hope in a restoration of all things.
Jesus, the baby born miraculously in a manger as one of us.
Jesus, who fearlessly taught, lovingly healed, and bravely encouraged all who followed him.
Jesus, who taught use a new kind of love and new kind of obedience.
Jesus, whose sacrifice on a cross gave us the greatest form of hope humankind could ever have.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf” (Hebrews 6:19).
Father, may we be filled with hope. Allow the burdens of the world be lifted from our shoulders and our hearts be pointed to you at this point. May the hope that’s in us flow from us as we share the love of Jesus in our lives. Father, may we be filled with Jesus. May our hands and our feet be used to continue his mission in the world. May we be filled with joy in this moment, as we reflect on the life and the sacrifice of our Savior.
Father, may we be filled with hope. May we submissively remember the blood that was shed so that we could posses hope. May that hope guide us and keep us on the path of the righteous. Father, may we be filled with Jesus. May his name outflow from our lips as we share the gospel with the world. May this world be filled with Jesus, may this world be filled with hope. Amen.