As I write, I’m watching Star Wars ‘A New Hope’ with Joshua.  He got it from my brother’s family for his 8th birthday.  And this is his first time seeing the film.  We’ve just got to the bit where Princess Leia utters the words,

Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.

And earlier today, we went to Chatsworth House to see the Christmas decorations.  Among other bits of the display was a triplet of trees covered in colourful luggage labels.

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Blank labels were available for people to write on.  I’m not sure that there was any particular instruction, but people seemed to be writing wishes, hopes, and messages.  I think this was my favourite:

Don't we all?

Don’t we all?

There were others…

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Many of the messages contained wishes and hopes.  But I found myself wondering what such hope was founded on.  At Advent, we look back to a time when hope came into the world – a hope that the world so desperately needed.  And because of the certainty of that first coming, when God gave us His Son Jesus, we can look with certainty to a future hope of His return.  A hope greater than a racing car or our Prince Charming.  At Advent, we look forward to the return of our King.  He is our only hope.

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This Advent, what are you looking forward to?

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2 Responses to Hope.

  1. tbrassington says:

    Last section really helpful description of our hope, may steal a bit for sermon in the new year from 1 Peter!
    Joshua said earlier he was loving time off school and time with dad!
    See you Wednesday!

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