you, the loved, are never poor

{by Megan, guest writer}

“Tis the season” echoes inescapably wherever we go, each time met with different meanings. Everywhere starts getting a little more crowded, with people and anticipation. A fair few attend religious ceremonies. Many commit to changes and resolutions that are never quite accomplished.

One easily forgotten description of this season sticks out to me: hope. A dictionary definition describes hope as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had, or that events will turn out for the best.” I think if you were to ask any person you know, or even someone off the street, hope is probably synonymous with a wish. Many might say it’s a dream. And though beautiful, whimsical, and sometimes necessary, that is not hope.

Hope came down as an infant because He wanted to dwell with His people. Hope lived a sinless life because we couldn’t. Hope hung on a cross and not only bore physical pain, but the spiritual agony of the full wrath of God. Hope was cut off from His father. Hope defeated death and rose again victorious. And He now awaits his perfect bride.

But to be honest, I look at myself and don’t feel like the perfect bride. I feel broken. I feel filthy. I don’t feel hopeful. As I was reminded recently, hope is not just something to feel, but someone alive in me. Someone who is perfect and chose to call me to himself. In the moments when my feelings are lost, this living Hope reassures me that things will always work out for His best.

It is my prayer that this season instills a new sense of the hope already within us. I’m memorizing and meditating the words of Ephesians 2:4-10. I hope it grips your hearts the way it did mine, and conveys to you why we have such a hope.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

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