Advent 1Tomorrow is the first Sunday in Advent. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the tradition, Advent is one of the seasons in the church calendar. In this particular season, we celebrate Christ’s first arrival and anticipate his second.  It is a time of reflection and waiting.

Each Sunday in Advent, we begin our church service by lighting a candle on the Advent wreath. Tomorrow we will light the candle of Hope.  That seems especially appropriate this year given the darkness of the preceding weeks.

I’m sure I’m not the only one whose been asking myself as I watch the news – where is God in all of this? Where is Hope?

Hope is wherever you find God’s helpers. Look closely and you will see them moving through the darkness, holding out a helping hand.  There is hope in the actions of our local International Institute as they prepare to aid Syrian refugees. Those who arrive in my area will have help finding an apartment to call home, furnishing it, learning English and finding a job. God’s love is at work.

Hope can be found with those who transport food from the church’s that collect it to the local food pantry.

Hope sits alongside a friend who is making baby blankets out of recycled sweaters. The proceeds help people in Haiti.

Hope is all around us but it can be incredibly hard to see when it is the darkness that holds our attention.  Instead, look for the flickering light of His People doing His Work. Look for them and you will find Hope.