2nd Sunday of Advent

Read John 1:10-18

But although he made the world, the world didn't recognize him when he came. Even in his own land and among his own people, the Jews, he was not accepted. Only a few would welcome and receive him. But to all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust him to save them. All those who believe this are reborn! - not a physical rebirth resulting from human passion or plan - but from the will of God.

And Christ became a human being and lived here on earth among us and was full of loving forgiveness and truth. And some of us have seen his glory - the glory of the only Son of the heavenly Father! John 1:10-14 (TLB)

Teresa Todt lives in Illinois. Her third grandchild, Tinlie, arrived in the midst of Teresa's chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. Discovering that an aggressive form of the disease was invading her body, Teresa was devastated. Yet as she cradled her new granddaughter in her arms, she knew her birth had given Teresa a renewed sense of purpose and much-needed hope. Teresa was able to look beyond herself to God's gift of a new life.

How much more should the birth of our Savior give us hope and a reason to share the good news with those around us? Scripture tells us that Jesus came to rescue us from our sin and to offer us eternity with him. What a reason for hope! From the wonder of his conception by the Holy Spirit, to his birth in a stable, to his death and resurrection, Jesus' life gives us an abundance of hope!

Today, God's gift of Jesus continues to offer new life to all who feel they are without hope. God means for us to share this gift of love and hope with others.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for the gift of Jesus and all that his birth means for us. Shine your light into the world so that everyone can experience the hope of new and eternal life through him, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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