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Advent Devotional Day 5

Hope and Dream...Infinitely!
“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.” ~ First Lady Michelle Obama

Scripture
Isaiah 9:4-7: New Living Translation (NLT)
4. For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian. 5. The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war will all be burned. They will be fuel for the fire. 6. For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen.

Devotion
Hope is a powerful tool and interesting concept. Hope defies the limits of reality and can be beautiful, magnificent even; one of the driving forces for dreams to become reality and the strength to do the impossible. Hope can also be debilitating or even blinding. Hope can stifle and prevent one from seeing the alternative to accomplishing a dream. Hope can also let us down if it takes too long or never manifest into reality. We are living in a darkness that make it impossible sometimes to hope. There’s so much in our world and personal lives to pray for and to worry about. So why do we hope? .... Hope allows us to envision a better and brighter outcome of a presently dark situation. Hope motivates us and help make our present situation a little more bearable. Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer hoped and dreamed to become a first-class citizen in the form of voting which led to thousands of African Americans registering to vote, exercising their constitutional rights. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hoped and dreamed for a future where freedom rings from every hill, molehill and even the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado which led to the election of the first African American president in 2009. And their hopes and dreams continue to drive us today towards freedom, justice and equality.   
During the season of advent, we wait in anticipation and prepare for the birth of the Christ child whose title is all encompassing of hope and dreams that breaks the yoke of slavery and the rod of oppression. We wait in anticipation for the promise of hope, love unconditional, life eternal, peace everlasting and freedom, equality and equity for all. We wait and prepare in hope and when we can no longer hope, we hope some more. Emily Dickinson said, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.” Keep hoping!

Reflection
What is hope driving you to do?
Where does your inspiration to hope come from?
Do you REALLY believe in hope?
What manifestation of hope do you see around you?
How can you encourage someone else to keep hoping?

Prayer
Christ our hope, we stand and wait in anticipation for the manifestation of your promise. As we wait, we ask for strength to hope and dream until the promise is manifested into reality. Until the yoke of slavery is broken, the rod of oppression is destroyed and freedom rings! Help us as we wait in anticipation and hope for the birth of the wonderful counselor, Mighty G*d, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace as we spread hope to others. In Jesus name. Amen and Ase!