"Hope is the thing with feathers" by Makayla

The first week of Advent centers on the word hope, and if I’m being honest, hope can sometimes just feel like another Christian buzzword tossed around without any real substance to hold onto. Over the next month I want us to be able to understand what exactly we are naming when we speak the word hope this Advent season.

The Oxford Dictionary gives us a few helpful places to start in “a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen,” and “grounds for believing that something good may happen.”

Consider this poem by Emily Dickinson. I love the idea here of hope being something to keep you warm. Like a thick, cozy sweater you pull over your soul before heading out into the cold.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers —

That perches in the soul —

And sings the tune without the words —

And never stops — at all —

And sweetest — in the Gale — is heard —

And sore must be the storm —

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm —

I’ve heard it in the chillest land —

And on the strangest Sea —

Yet — never — in Extremity,

It asked a crumb — of me.

Questions for Reflection:

What is your definition of the word hope?

Why might hope be an important theme of Advent?

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Dustyrose Belarde