What comes to mind when you think of hope? Is hope what makes the future bright or helps you with the struggles of the day? We see the face of hope in the smile of a baby looking up at its mother. Hope is a bill that gets paid when it didn’t seem possible. There is hope in a sunrise with its promise of a new beginning. We find hope in the smallest blessing that is ours each day. The presence of hope often parallels the shadows of our steps.
These four blessings, the blessings of love, joy, peace, and hope, can be likened to strands in a rope that when wrapped together as twine become something strong and mighty. The rope’s strength and power is derived from its source, a material that is like no other.
In our lives, what is that source? The Source is Jesus, Who came to this world as a little infant in swaddling clothes; Who was and is the foundation of all these wonderful blessings.
Peace is what everyone wants but so few have. We all know that it’s not possible to buy peace. There are times when we experience it for momentary seconds. All too quickly it fades away. Peace is illusive it seems.
JOY entered our world one dark night in the town of Bethlehem. The place it appeared was not where you would have expected to find it. Joy came to a lowly stable with its assortment of barnyard animals.