Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.Ephesians 4:1-4, New Living Translation
In today’s world, seeing the good, being the good, and keeping the faith is a challenge.
When you are constantly reminded of what is wrong in the world, it is hard to have hope for better days. As another Advent season is upon us, we are reminded once again of Jesus’ birth, the hope that comes along with it, and of all the people involved.
If it wasn’t for the angels, the shepherds wouldn’t have made it to the manger.
If it wasn’t for the star, the wise men wouldn’t have found Jesus.
And if it wasn’t for Jesus bringing peace on earth, we wouldn’t have hope today.
Advent (or Christmas) is a season of hope. It’s a reminder of what is good in the world. Just like Ephesians 4:4 says, there is one hope and that hope is Jesus. Being a believer in Jesus means that we are called to bring a united front and to live in peace as the body of Christ.
We are called to love one another. This reminds us of a song from VBS this summer called “Love One Another.” The lyrics say: “Love one another with a love like no other that we’ve found in you. Love one another, that’s what we’ll do.” That is what God has called us to, and it’s something we have to remember and be intentional about every day.
So, if you are looking for hope today, take a look around and be open to what God shows you!
Dear Lord, As we navigate through this Christmas season we pray that we will be reminded of your goodness as we go about our day. Amen.
Amy and Christina Price (also know as The Twins) live in Peoria, AZ
We are Arizona natives and love living here for the beautiful sunsets and being close to family. Auntie life is the best life! On the weekends you will find us volunteering in Discovery Club at church or spending time with our niece and nephews. When we are not spending time with family and friends you can find us watching the Hallmark Channel!