Yet again we find ourselves in lockdown. For many of us this is a minor inconvenience, restricting our activities and the need to fill in a form every time we go out. But for some the prospect of another period of isolation will be very daunting. So we should remember them in our prayers. Hope is the opposite of fear. The Montaigu home group had already decided to use the Advent study 'Hope by John Birch', though rather than meeting together we now have to meet in spirit by following studies at the time we would normally be together. For those interested, the study can be downloaded for a small price, but can then be shared. It will be found here https://www.faithandworship.com/Advent_Bible_Study_Guide.htm#gsc.tab=0
Below are some texts about hope both Biblical and secular. There are also some pictures above that should provide some sense of calm. If people wish to provide their own material, I will publish further editions of the 'Book of Hope', as and when I have accumulated sufficient material. Please send contributions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King Jr
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. Henry David Thoreau
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
Hope never abandons you, you abandon it.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.