Hope - Advent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

It’s that time of year again, and if we’re taken aback at how quickly Christmas is approaching, we’re going to be just as disconcerted about how quickly it’s over. But the return of the Advent period can be a chance to reflect and be renewed; to remember that God provides encouragement and endurance, the two vital ingredients of hope.

Dear Lord, most patient Father,
Remind us each day of the difference you make in our lives, the encouragement your teachings provide, and your constant presence with us, whether in times of joy or adversity. Reassure us that you are always by our side, a whispered prayer away, loving us without end.

Romans 15: 4-6, 13

4 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. 5 May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, 6 so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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