The Scriptures present us with an entirely different view of hope. My message will be based on the words of the apostle Paul to the Romans and here is an excerpt:
"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15: 4-13
Our Christian hope is grounded in God. This makes all the difference in the world. We know that God will come through in what has been promised to us. This hope is what we ought to reflect on during this Advent season when we look at uncertainty and divisiveness following the presidential election and also as we think about the issues we face in our personal lives. As we look to God we have someone greater than human power who can make things happen beyond our expectation.
I would invite you to read the lesson in its entirety which is Romans 15:4-13. May God's blessing be upon your preparation and worship for this Sunday.