Receive a "Quiet Circle" Advent reading for each day of this week by signing up for this website using the "Connect" button. Here is the first reading for this Sunday, November 27: First Sunday of Advent: Hoping for . . . But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:25, NIV Hope is elusive when it depends on what you can provide as a reason for it. The push to give to yourself a reason to hope is broken, ineffective and sometimes dangerous.
Emily Dickinson compared hope to“the thing with feathers.” The Sandra Bullock movie title said “Hope Floats." Which is it? Does hope fly away like a startled bird? Or does it always float and never sink? I think it depends on what anchors your hope; or rather, who. I’ve hoped for things that never happened. Two years ago, I hoped to land a book contract for a manuscript close to my heart. I really thought I had the right subject, the right time, and the right publisher. Ho