Is hope ever ‘over’?

The theme for the First Sunday of Advent is ‘hope’.
As I write this, the First Sunday of Advent is almost over.
Can that mean that ‘hope’ is almost over?

 

With the turmoil on the news
and the turmoil in people’s minds and hearts,
can there really be hope in a future
… in a tomorrow?

 

The words of “Song of Promise” by Natalie Sleath
(also known as “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”)
spoke to me when my husband Hans died last year.
Those who gathered at his Celebration of Life
sang it at his Service and found comfort in them.

 

The words spoke to me
when I watched the news about the passing of the Tax Bill in the U.S. Senate.

The words continue to speak to me
as I hear growing concern of a possible war between the U.S. and North Korea.

 

And those words
(shared below and in the linked video)
speak to me of the hope that comes
with the Season of Advent.

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In the bulb there is a flower, in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise, butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter, there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future, what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning, in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing, in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season something God alone can see.
<Natalie Sleath>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpqHE84LAAw
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May there never be loss of a sense of hope.

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