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“Hope is the thing with feathers 

That perches in the soul 

And sings the tune without the words 

And never stops at all.” 

Emily Dickinson


Have you ever been in such a dark, dark place that it actually scared you? I’m not talking about a cave with bats hanging from the stalagmites (though that scares me to death), rather a spiritual place where it seems no light can get in, no love can penetrate the barrier, nothing can move at all- either in or out. I would call that “despair.” Despair is the direct antithesis of HOPE. Hope  is that which allows us the freedom to dream, to look ahead, to see even the tiniest glimpse of light in the distance. Hope carries us away on feathers into the heights of the place where God meets us and restores our faith and imagination. Without hope we are dead. Without hope there is no room for any sort of movement of the Spirit because everything is shut down and shut out, as if our spiritual heartbeat has slowed to an indiscernible whisper in our soul. However, when hope is injected into our being by HOPE himself, Jesus Christ, our blind eyes begin to flutter open in the dawning light, our heart quickens as lifeblood begins to course through our veins and arteries, breath fills our oxygen deprived lungs and we come alive once more. And it only takes the tiniest measure of hope to spark a fire within us. . . but without us we will simply lay down and die, not caring for life one bit.

The first candle on the Advent wreath is about hope. Christ comes to humanity to inject new hope into our very being. Christ comes into our lives to cast out the darkness that seeks to overcome us some days. Christ comes to fill us up with courage, love, and peace no matter what else is going on around us. Christ IS our hope. . . He is the feather that helps us soar to higher heights. . . He perches in our souls and brings what was dead back to life.

Have a very blessed Tuesday! I pray you will be filled with hope, light and love today and always.


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