An Advent Devotional, By: Madeline Pena
Romans 8:24-25 “For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
I started seeking clarity at a young age. This journey particularly began as I squinted and leaned forward to see the board in my third grade classroom. I made a 45 on a math quiz, which was unlike me. When I came home that afternoon to have my mom sign it, she immediately asked, “Madeline can you see the board?”
The answer was no, so my mother scheduled an eye doctor’s appointment. I ordered purple framed glasses and I will never forget the moment I put them on. The world’s colors were bright and crisp. I could finally see clearly.
There have been times when I wish I could wake up in the morning and see everything clearly. One morning, I realized the beautiful reminder and gift God has given me with my impaired vision. Each morning, life is unclear, but when I put on my glasses I have the assurance in knowing I will see clearly. In a world where we question life, our purpose, and God’s plan, we can find certainty and clarity with hope. We just sometimes have to refocus, put on our glasses and remind ourselves of this vision.
Hope allows us to hold truth in what we can’t see. Hope acts as an assurance to us in the midst of the unknown. When we find ourselves questioning, we have a reliance on God. Our vision is impaired, but our hope is restored when we put on our glasses.
Thank you for the beautiful gift of seeing hope in the midst of uncertainty. Please open our hearts and minds to it this Christmas season as we celebrate the hope your son Jesus Christ gave us. Allow us to seek you and your grace in our day-to-day actions.