Find True Hope this Christmas

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

I’ve been suffering from low back and leg pain for a few years. Despite several attempts to discover the source of the problem, we haven’t been able to pinpoint it. Yesterday, though, my husband and I consulted with one of his physical therapy colleagues, who is also a spine specialist, and I left the appointment filled with hope.

In the English language, the word hope is often misused. We tend to refer to it as a wishful thought, when you want something to happen but don’t really believe that it will. As a Christian, though, our definition of hope is slightly different. For example, in Romans 15:13 the Greek word for hope is “elpidos,” which means expectation, implying a confident anticipation for something to occur.

My prayer for you this Christmas and for 2012 is that you will experience the blessing of Romans 15:13 – that you will overflow with hope, true hope, by putting your faith in Jesus. May you know the joy and peace that can only come through finding your contentment in Him.

Merry Christmas!