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Word of the Month | Overflowing with Hope
Connie Koinis

“The world waits for a miracle. The heart longs for a little bit of hope, Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel.”  Those are the lyrics of a song by Lauren Daigle called Light of the World. It expresses perfectly this Advent/Christmas season as we await the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ on Christmas morning.

How fitting it is that hope is the word of the month for December. Even though the word hope is not tangible, it becomes tangible through the birth of Christ.

In the Bible, in the gospel of Luke 1:26-38, the angel Gabriel appears to the Virgin Mary and tells her that God has chosen her to be the mother of Jesus. God becomes flesh through this birth, and Jesus becomes our hope of the resurrection. 

The students sing in chapel the words from the Gospel of John 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life. All who believe in me will never die.” In John 3:47 it says “he who believes in me will have eternal life.” This is our ultimate hope and belief as Christians, to live eternally in heaven with our Lord.

In 2 Corinthians 4:18 it says, "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

Christ is Born! Glorify Him.

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