An Invitation to Hope

In Miscellaneous by Caris Adel14 Comments

 

It’s Advent, and so we wait, hope thick in the air.

Come, take 5 minutes to pause, to indulge in creating a sacred space. Open your eyes, and let’s be aware of the holiness together.

Light a candle.  Play this song, letting the words and instruments soak in your soul as you read, and let’s spend a few minutes together, dreaming, imagining, hoping.

Hope is opening our eyes to the wonder of God.  Being willing, like the wise men, to endure a hard journey, long days, seeking the promise.  Trusting that goodness is present.  That the King really will be found.

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Walk through the gates of grace.

The walls of life await you, you who are so captivated by hope it has captured and enraptured you.

Your king is coming to you, even now.

Peer carefully at the things of this world.

He resides in the common.

Mustard seeds.

Yeast.

Dirt.

Donkeys.

Modest, even discreet, sometimes seemingly cloaked in invisibility.  Dare to hope.  He is here, and he is coming.

See, a world without violence is coming.  Peace will be everywhere, and can be everywhere, even now.

The strong and mighty one is keeping watch over you.  Rejoice in this strength that guards your hope.

The walls of despair may encircle you, but in blood, redemption.  In blood, hope.  The blood of sacrifice, the blood of birth, the mess of life, incarnated, made divine.

Sublime.

Rest in the strength.

Believe in the humility.

He is unassuming, waiting to be seen, patient to be found.

So open your eyes.

See the pinpricks of hope, like stars in the gloom of night.

Ride, as if on camels.

Look for the star, that flickering, dim light.  It will rise.  It rose that night.  It rose to guide.  It rises now.

Look, and see.

Night shows off the promise.  Your hope glitters* over you.  

Seek and see the wonder.

Your king is here.

Walk in this land, towards grace and hope.

Endure the long days, the unknowing, the seemingly silent God.

Redemption is at hand.**

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“Advent is the promise denoting the new order of things, of life, of our existence.” – Alfred Delp

One day, the night will disappear. The light will overcome and despair will be no more.

Light the candle

and

see.

“Like it or not, we either add to the darkness of indifference and out-and-out evil which surrounds us or we light a candle to see by.” – Madeleine L’Engle

And so we light the candle of hope.

 

*(scroll down to shined nagahh)

**inspired by Zechariah 9:9-12
 
 
Read other posts in our Synchroblog:
 
Emily Miller
Brenna D.
Katie Axelson
 
Won’t you join us?  What does this first candle of Advent, this intangible reality of Hope mean to you?
 
 




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  • faithruluv

    “Walk in this land, towards grace and hope.

    Endure the long days, the unknowing, the seemingly silent God.

    Redemption is at hand.**”

    THIS. Thank you, Caris!

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      That is a section that comes right out of real life. Glad it resonated!

  • http://KatieAxelson.com/ Katie Axelson

    I love this, Caris! So beautiful!

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      Thanks!

  • http://sarahaskins.com Sarah Askins

    So wonderfully beautiful! Love this so much!

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      Thanks Sarah!

  • http://somuchshoutingsomuchlaughter.com/ suzannah | the smitten word

    reading this with a hope-filled mumford and sons soundtrack.
    let it be.
    (love your prosetry. a perfect medium!)

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      ooh nice. I think I need to read more poetry on a regular basis to really get into the flow.

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

    Beautiful. Hope has been my word for this year and it’s taken on a whole new quality this Advent season.

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      oh what a good word….I can imagine this is a really rough holiday season. :(

  • emmillerwrites

    I love that you also have a song that goes with your post. :) And this: “Your king is coming to you, even now. Peer carefully at the things of this world. He resides in the common.” Your “prosetry” is so beautiful and it really captures the hope and the need for it this season!

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/RonnicaZ Ronnica Z Rothe

    We don’t take enough time to reflect, do we?

  • lindsholifield

    this is so beautiful and hopeful. thank you.