Hope and the Second Sunday of Advent

This past Sunday, we marked the Second Sunday of Advent with an exploration of hope.

 

Isaiah 11 invites us to hope for and long for the one on whom God's spirit rests (Jesus!). Isaiah says that Jesus will be marked be "a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of planning and strength, a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord."

 

Consider this quote and the following questions:

 

Hope is distinct, in my mind, from optimism or idealism.  it has nothing to do with wishing.  it references reality at every turn and reveres truth.  it lives open eyed and wholehearted with the darkness that is woven ineluctably into the light of life.  hope, like every virtue, is a choice that becomes a practice that becomes spiritual muscle memory.  it’s a renewable resource for moving through life as it is, not as we wish it to be. (Krista Tippet)

 

What do you hope for?

Where do you sense the Spirit inviting you to move forward and lean in?

 

In our Gathering, we channeled our creativity towards several justice projects and dwelling in the prayer Jesus taught us (Dwelling in the Lord's Prayer practice).