Anchor for the Soul by Lydia Pierson
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
We tend to use the word hope pretty casually. I often use it in a way that’s synonymous with “I wish,” rather than as something that can anchor me in times of confusion and struggle. But the Bible tends to use “hope” for things that are certain, even though they have not yet materialized.
In Advent, we anticipate the birth of Jesus, and in doing so we join with God’s people throughout history who have waited for the Savior to arrive and restore the world to beauty and goodness and the way it’s supposed to be. We not only await Jesus’ birth, but we also remember that he has promised to return and bring his kingdom, his shalom, fully.
So we prepare ourselves, our lives, and our world as best we can to be the kind of place where God’s kingdom can thrive. And we hope. We await the return of Jesus the way we wait for spring when it’s March and there’s still snow on the ground and all we want is to be out in the sun. We wait eagerly and assuredly. When life is confusing, complicated, and hopeless, we anchor ourselves in the knowledge that Jesus has come once, is with us now, and will come again.
Questions for Reflection:
What are you wishing for this Advent?
What are you hoping (waiting confidently) for?
What would it look like for Jesus to be an anchor in your life?