Advent, A Time to Hope

What is advent, but a time to wait for that which we hoped for. Scripture tells us that Mary of Nazareth was expecting the promised Messiah, the Christ who would come and be our savior. And with that promise, came hope. Hope for a nation, hope for us.

Hope is defined as “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” It is also “a feeling of trust.” Words like desire, wish, goal and aspiration all describe hope. “I hope I get the job I applied for.” “I wish there was peace in our world.” “My goal is to run the marathon.” Sound familiar? As people of faith, we have many hopes. We hope we can serve and make other’s lives better. We hope (trust) that God is always present. We hope that obstacles that sometimes prevent us from moving on, disappear.

When Christ was born, the wise men followed a star hoping to meet the savior. And indeed they did. Their hope was realized! May we like them, journey this advent with our hopes, believing that He will meet us and fulfill them in us.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13

Sandy Diaz

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I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the education and publishing spaces creating accessible learning environments for all students. My teaching experiences led me into supporting schools in need of improvement and creating and delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. And then I moved into selling educational materials, programs, technology, and services. Most recently, I have been developing content for innovative learning programs in K-12 and museum spaces. For the past 17 years serving on the board of the Collegiate Corporation, I have led initiatives in women's leadership, stewardship, development, virtual strategy, and educational programs for youth and families. Outside of the learning and non-profit spaces, I enjoy blogging about faith and inspiring women. I have a passion for travel, where you might find me exploring national parks, museums, and finding the best local restaurant to eat. I capture my adventures digitally with my camera. My photography has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and Australia in 2019 and 2020, on television in the United States, and was chosen from over 100,000 entries to appear in a well-known photography magazine.

2 thoughts on “Advent, A Time to Hope

  1. Sandy, Lovely. Thank you so much for the reminder never to forget about hope!

    Karen

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