That spark of hope many of us feel at Christmas… isn’t just a warm feeling from too much eggnog, expert marketing, excitement for presents, or nostalgia of selective childhood memories. It is a glimpse of something real. it is a beacon to a real hope for our real lives right now. Whoever you are, wherever you’re from… You can experience this hope today.
When we look around the real world doesn’t really give us more to hope for. But we don’t have to give up, try to ignore what’s wrong, or distract ourselves with pointless diversions. There is real hope. We are all invited to play our role in a revolution of hope for the entire world.
Hope. It’s turned into an elusive feeling we cynically relegate it to an ethereal, magical feeling for kids at Christmas. But hope is real. And real hope is powerful. Real hope is tangible. Real hope is available to each of us personally. It’s a hope that was realized over 2000 yrs ago by a teenage peasant named Mary and it’s a hope each of us can personally experience this xmas and the rest of the year.
You believe what you believe because you know it’s right, right? But how do you know? We often just assume our beliefs are correct without actually evaluating why we believe them. Maybe it’s time to start asking some bigger questions of our beliefs.
We say we are tired of all of the division around us… but we keep dividing ourselves from each other. Division just seems to be part of our human nature. But Christmas promises peace on earth. Are unity and peace actually possible or is it simply some sentimental longing? The answer is simpler and more powerful than we imagine.