You can wake on the first Sunday of Advent — & feel the stark reality of being alone in your own skin, like any real Hope of change, of belonging, of Light, got lost somewhere along your long way.
Hope? After the losses you’ve battled through?
Hope? For rusting dreams? For genuine reconciliation? For being fully seen & still deeply loved?
Hope? When things are never like you kinda imagined they would turn out?
You can be all brave & put on a real good front, but you can feel like Lazarus who’s only real best friends were just the dogs licking his wounds.
Sometimes you don’t hold out much hope for tomorrow — only to find Hope Himself is already holding you now.
Yet for Lazarus: Every brave step of fierce hopefulness here, was another step into an endlessness of happiness.
Heaven or hell begins here.
Every step here is your eternity.
Every choice now is arriving where you’ll always be.
Your mental framework today — is framing up your forever.
How you walk through each day— is walking into your forever.
On the first Sunday of Advent, you can begin the walking to heaven now: Every moment, every thought, every word, every action — is your arrival already.
Though behind the mask, you may feel abandoned, with no one closer than the dogs to like your wounds, you can choose to be close now to the One who wants you close to Him for all of forever.
Though you may feel the weight of things, you can defy bitterness & choose hopefulness.
Though things aren’t always what you wanted, you are desperately wanted by Him. You’re aloneness ends whenever you’re alone with Him.
Simply want Him. Heaven can begin now.
Hope in Him, wait for Him, reach for Him — and heaven begins here.
Hope isn’t about about thinking something will get better. Hope is about believing Someone better is already here.
Jesus is coming — and we are becoming what we will have for all eternity.
Turn toward Him to burn back all your dark — & feel the warming light of Hope gently healing all your wounds.
Come experience a Christmas that restores your Hope again
Jesus came down — and a bit of heaven can begin now, even here. With every step, we are walking into our forever now. Come let Jesus touch your wounds & heal your hurt with His tender Hope.
This Advent, Stay in the Story that the rest of your year, your family, will need.
3 Award-Winning books for the Whole Family
The Greatest Gift (adult edition): Best Devotional of the Year, ECPA, 2014
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift (Family Edition): Best Inspirational Book of the Year, CBA, 2016
The Wonder of the Greatest Gift: Best Devotional & Gift Book of the Year, CBA, 2019
When our holidays are about Staying in the Story, being with Him —
Hope finds us again — and we have ourselves The Greatest little Christmas yet!