Be Joyful in hope | December 10, 2018

December 10, 2018

Sarah Watkins ’21

PSALMS 122, 145; ISAIAH 5:8-17; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-11; LUKE 21:20-28

As we reflect on the trials and tribulations of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, we should also consider the social and political upheaval happening around us. I invite you all to reflect on Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” This Christmas, may we consider those who struggle to find hope and peace in our divided nation. May we consider our actions and words and how they may cause another harm or hope. Let us use our voices this Christmas to love like Jesus and spread peace to every neighbor.
The following is a prayer from Dick Woodward’s “A Prayer for Patience & Peace”:
God, teach us what it means to have faith in silence. When we face trials that are beyond our understanding, help us to find peace. Help me be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. You set all things in accordance to your time. Remind us to wait patiently and find peace in your plan. Amen.