Enough can't be said about the power of hopeful expectations. I can remember when I first realized how important it is for me to have something to look forward to. Actually, the significance came from realizing how hopeless I feel when I'm not anticipating anything worthy or good in the near future. I think hopeful expectations are the motivations for much of what we do. We go to work, expecting a paycheck. We serve our church and community, hoping to make a difference in the world around us. We raise children, desiring to give them a better life. We make plans in order to have something to look forward to. The hopeful expectations that we have keep us going.
Advent is a time to reflect on and to look forward to hopeful expectations. During this season, we reflect on the hope that was promised to God's people, that a Messiah would come. We remember an expectant mother who carries the Hope of the world in her womb. We recall the different responses of kings to the possibility of a newborn King. We also look forward, now, to the hopeful expectation of the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
This will be our focus at Spencerport Wesleyan Church during this advent season. We will be looking at these four different views of expecting a Savior! My prayer is that we will experience the hope, peace, joy, and love that come from God's faithfulness to us this Christmas season. Join with us as we look forward to times spent together with one another in worship of our amazing God! May the rest of this year be full of the kind of expectation that excites us and brings new life to our souls.
May God bless you and your family this Christmas!