TABOO TUESDAY TOPIC: Hope

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The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land,The light will shine on them.  Isaiah 9:2 (NASB)

     To be honest, as a Southern Baptist, I don’t really know much about Advent.  It was never celebrated in my church until the last few years.  And I know some Baptists still think it’s a ritual that doesn’t belong there.  But I think it’s a beautiful celebration of the coming of our Savior.  Each week a candle is lit and added to the lit candles for the previous weeks.  The first candle stands for the hope the Old Testament prophecies brought of a coming Messiah.

This prophecy of Isaiah tells of the coming of Jesus to be the Light of the World to a people in darkness.  What darkness?  Sin.  That’s a word we don’t like to talk about much these days.  It’s taboo.  We’re supposed to  have “tolerance” for all kinds of immorality, crime,  and even down to the murder of our unborn   But a police officer killing someone in the course of doing his job is pilloried  as if he were Satan himself and used as an excuse for all kinds of lawlessness.  Even such sins as suicide are glorified as “death with dignity” and the definition of marriage that has stood for thousands of years has been eradicated with one swipe of our President’s pen.  We do live in a dark land indeed!  And it seems to be getting darker every day.

So where is the Light Jesus came to bring?  Can we still have hope?  Yes!  Our hope is in the gospel.  The good news that Jesus is alive.  That this world is not all there is.  That death has been defeated and the penalty for our sin has been paid.  That redemption is not only possible, but freely given.  And it’s us.  We, who claim the Name of Jesus, are to be that light and bring that good news to all we come in contact with.  I think we’ve fallen down on our job.  If we hadn’t, this world wouldn’t be in the sad shape it’s in.  But what’s done is done, so we can’t go whining in our communion grape juice about it.  The question is: What now?  The answer is repent and become a light!

Where do we start?  With our neighbors.  With our families.  With our friends.  We don’t have to go halfway around the globe to be missionaries.  Our mission field is wherever we are.  As a girl, I learned a song called, One Little Candle.  The last line of this song goes, “And if everyone lit just one little candle, what a bright world this would be.”  As we light our Advent candles this year, let’s commit ourselves to BEING that candle to our dark world.  Jesus is  the only hope this world has,   In Luke 2:10-12  the angel says, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people; for today in the city of David there has been born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”   We have the Answer.  Let’s not hoard it up like the Pharisees.  Let’s eagerly share it just like the shepherds did!

Taboo Tuesday Question of the Day:  What are your Christmas traditions that help you prepare for the coming of the Savior?

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About TeresaGPollard

Born and raised in Richmond, VA, I am a Christian Mom, Grandma, Sunday School Teacher, and now Author. My goal is to reach people with the Truth of God's Word and help them to apply it to their real world situations.
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27 Responses to TABOO TUESDAY TOPIC: Hope

  1. Lynn Burt says:

    The greater the darkness, the brighter each light shines. One little remark about our Lord can bring illuminating hope into someone’s life. May we not fail to grasp the opportunities that come our way each day.

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    • You’re so right, Lynn. Why are we so stingy with our words of encouragement? It seems we’re quick enough to criticize. At least I know sometimes I am. I pray that this Christmas we will learn to love one another with Christlike love and give each other the gift of encouragement. God bless you, Lynn.

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  2. Patty says:

    Like you I didn’t grow up celebrating Advent and know little about the celebration…
    I get tired of all of the secular Christmas music played on the radio these days, but love the old carols that point us to the real reason for the season.

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    • I know what you mean, Patty. Someone said the other day, they were so tired of hearing the song Santa Baby already they were ready to scream. Give me O Holy Night or any of the carols over that any time! But as Kirk Cameron says, it’s all good to me because it’s all about the joy of celebrating the birth of my Savior!

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  3. Raymond Insley V says:

    What a great way to remember and teach about the coming of our Lord – the true reason for the season! I think every Christian family should have a special way to remember this beautiful act of Love that God showed us when He sent His Son into the world – whether it be through scripture reading as a family, lighting of candles, nativity/resurrection eggs, or hanging special ornaments on the Christmas tree. I wanna challenge our Christian families who don’t already do this to start THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON and be more intentional about raising the next generation of believers in the faith and knowledge of Christ and what he has done for us!

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    • I so agree, Raymond. I am so proud of you for standing so strong in your generation! (Raymond is currently serving on a submarine in the Navy. He loves the Lord, and he just won a half-marathon. He wants to do an Iron Man race before he’s thirty.) God bless.

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  4. Judy B says:

    My husband had the Communion Table devotion this past Sunday as it was the first Sunday of the Advent season. What I liked most about his devotion was, we have HOPE. We have the promise of Eternal Life when the second coming of Christ arrives! Wow…isn’t that Awesome! As Believers, we have the opportunity daily of sharing this HOPE with someone. As we prepare our hearts for the wonderful First coming of Christ celebration on December 25th, may we be a Light to others that have no HOPE!

    Merry Christmas!
    Judy B

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    • You’ve got it Judy. What a privilege and what a responsibility! I don’t know how people make it nowadays without that hope. I live in anticipation of that great and glorious day, but I also know I need to do so much more to make sure I can bring as many people as I can into the kingdom by then.

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  5. jenlhall63 says:

    I have three different nativity scenes I set up. It opens the door to tell the Christmas story when people visiting ask about them…

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    • I’m sure they’re beautiful! My favorite nativity scene is one my friend Debbie Ireson gave me several years ago. Each piece has a name for Jesus written on it, Alpha and Omega, Prince of Peace, King of Kings, etc. It sits in the center of my mantle every year. It definitely is a conversation starter. Maybe I should leave it up all year!

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  7. donnadurnell2013 says:

    As United Methodists the last 20+ years, we regularly celebrate Advent with Advent candles in our worship service. But not only are we looking toward the birth of Jesus as we approach Christmas, but we look toward the soon second coming of Jesus. Before hubby retired from the Air Force we regularly celebrated Advent in the military chapel setting as well.
    Also, the Christmas Eve Service, including the Communion and Candle lighting, always is special to me.

    At home, we have several nativities out. Not all are the ‘traditional’ set, but some just Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. Some of the nativities we have out all year.

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  8. Ann Ellison says:

    As another Southern Baptist, the churches I have been in didn’t observe Advent either and I thin it is a wonderful thing. The church that I am a member of now does and I thankful for that. I love Christmas music and have it playing nearly all the time. I also have a nativity set that i have used ever since my oldest daughter (who is now 42) was born. It’s the first thing that comes out. I enjoyed what you shared.

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    • Thanks Ann, and thank all of you who commented this week. God bless you all this Christmas season. I have entered all your names into the HopeSprings Advent giveaway drawing. My grandson CJ pulled the winning name for my giveaway. It went to pattymh. Patty, if you will email me your address to pollardartistry@gmail.com, I will be glad to send you a copy of your choice of Not Guilty or Tokens of Promise. Actually, merry Christmas, I’ll send you both! God bless you all.

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  9. Joy Gibson says:

    I have HOPE! My HOPE is in JESUS!

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  10. Wilani Wahl says:

    My family has a birthday party for Jesus on Christmas Eve

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  11. Kathy Heare Watts says:

    I don’t know that I actually have what I would call traditions. I do think that some religions get so caught up in what they deem is the right and only way and don’t see the forest for the trees. I was raised Independent Baptist, then switched to Southern Baptist and now attend a non-denominational church. I think it is all about acknowledging that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, rose from the dead and is living in heaven on the right hand side of God the father. I think we must acknowledge that we are sinners, ask for forgiveness and accept Jesus into our heart as our personal Lord and Savior.

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    • Amen, Joy!
      Amen, Kathy. The traditions just remind us Who He is. The same baby in the manger is the Jesus of the cross. Our Hope isn’t in things. It’s in the Christ, Emanuel, God with us. It’s all we need!

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  12. Krystal Weeks says:

    My tradition now is making hand-made cards. I compose
    my own verses to remind my friends of the love of Jesus and thejoy of serving the Lord & blessing those who do.
    When my family gets together we always read the Christmas story. I have the sweet memory of my dad starting this tradition.

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  13. And they are such beautiful cards! I so envy that legacy of faith that has been passed down inKrystal’s family. That’s what I want for my family: a strong faith that goes on generation after generation. It’s the only thing of value we can really leave our children.

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  14. Yolanda Gamble says:

    I made a small book (scrapbook style) of the Christmas story for my grandson 6 years ago, that I read to him all through December. He is now 7 yrs old and I now have three grandchildren. I have kept up this new tradition since, reading it to them each time they visit. They now go right to the book and ask me to read it for them. I love this new tradition and hope to carry it on for many years to come!

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  15. Okay, everybody. Since I apparently drew a name for my giveaway too early, I’m doing it again. If Kathy Heare Watts and Patty (from the first drawing) would like to email me their addresses, I will be happy to send you each a copy of both Not Guilty and Tokens of Promise. My email address is pollardartistry@gmail.com. Merry Christmas and God bless you all.

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  16. bn100 says:

    bring gifts for people that need it during the holidays

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    • Thank you for your comment. It’s too late for this to be entered as part of the HopeSprings giveaway. However there are still a couple of more opportunities to enter: Laura Jackson and Patrick Johnston both have blog posts coming up this week, and I don’t know if Elizabeth Maddrey’s and Mary Hamilton’s are closed yet. I do appreciate your taking the time to read my post, and hope you’ll come back to see me again soon. God bless. Teresa

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