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reflections on Advent

ImageI like the way the themes of Advent season flow together: Hope, Peace, Love and Joy. So I started to think about that and here’s where my wandering mind went:

Hope: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…” Hebrews 6:19

Christ, who keeps me centered by anchoring me to Himself so I can meet each day with Hope.

Peace: “I have told you these things that you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble, but take heart. I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

We let everyday troubles rob us of peace. We let trials, illness and all sorts of problems rob us of peace and we forget what peace truly is. It rests in that “hope as an anchor” so that when the storms rage we are not cast adrift.

Love:” Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13

I wonder “What is love?” Is it defined by the love between a husband and wife, among friends or within families. But there is another love that Jesus was talking about. A love that cuts deeper, lifts higher and hugs tighter. And it is that love which brings me peace and anchors my soul with hope.

Joy: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:11

Joy is not the same as happiness. Joy is a state of mind that is not dependent on circumstances. Jesus was hours from death as he said these words. He knew that the men he was speaking to were about to face very dark days themselves. Yet he shows them that the possibility of joyfulness is always within. Focusing on Christ can bring hope thru despair and a peace which cancels out anxiety. It can offer a fullness of love even when you feel so alone. It will lighten a heavy heart with great joy. This can all happen when you let Christ be the “anchor to your soul” thru the hope he gives us. Not that everyday will be all roses and rainbows. Not by a long shot. It’s in remembering that He gives us a reason to hope. He is our source of peace. He extends love freely and endlessly and the knowledge of these things is what brings great joy.

“Treasure up these things and ponder them in your heart” (Luke2:19) this Christmas season as Mary did so long ago.