The Hope We Don’t See Coming

S: Look well at my handpicked servant;
    I love him so much, take such delight in him.
I’ve placed my Spirit on him;
    he’ll decree justice to the nations.
But he won’t yell, won’t raise his voice;
    there’ll be no commotion in the streets.
He won’t walk over anyone’s feelings,
    won’t push you into a corner.
Before you know it, his justice will triumph;
    the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even
    among far-off unbelievers.
Matthew 12:19-21 (MSG)

O: You don’t intentionally draw attention to Yourself, and yet, You can’t help it. You don’t have to make Yourself known by yelling or bullying – forcing Your way with fear tactics. No.

No, You come much more quietly than that – but You come with authority – You come with the Spirit of God!

You come to bring justice and hope!

A: Our world feels so desperate for hope – ever since the fall. But today it seems the tension around us is increasing – people longing for something – Someone – to rescue them from all this confusion and chaos. They look for hope.

But it’s so loud – our world. The distractions. The noise. The smokescreens. The darkness.

Only those with a tuned ear can hear the quiet wave beneath. It is this quiet hope – a hope you don’t see coming. A hope that is already here.

You, Jesus, You are that hope!

The mere sound of Your name signals hope.

P: Help us, Holy Spirit, to proclaim the name of hope in all we think, say, and do. Help us to be beacons of light reflecting the love and hope of Jesus to our fellow man. I praise You, God! For You are here with us.

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