My first thoughts of "hope" are of times when things ended up going the way I wanted them to but I wasn't sure they would. Hope seems like such a happy thing but actually we need hope the most when things are bad. Hope is the thing we hold onto when the world is really, really awful. Or when we are really scared or worried. Sometimes, hope is the only thing you have when you wanted so much more.
When I think about hope at Christmas, honestly the first thing I think of is presents. I think of times I hoped for a certain toy as a kid. Now I hope that things go well for people that I love or I hope that I get to spend Christmas with my family. Hope changes as we get older and have a different kind of need for hope. But hope is what Christmas is all about really. The hope that we hold on to because of Jesus. The hope his birth gives us. Advent is about waiting for hope and Christmas is about celebrating that we got to see our hope fulfilled.
Written by a freshman student
*This devotional was inspired by and written using Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent by Pamela C. Hawkins. The Clarity Youth Ministry is grateful to have this incredible resource and encourage you to buy your own copy of the book to further your Advent study, which you can do by clicking this link.