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Monday, December 3, 2012

Advent: Hope

O Lord, you alone are my hope.
I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood.--Psalm 71:5 NLT

This week is the beginning of Advent, the time of the year when we reflect and remember as we anticipate the celebration of Christmas. Many traditions refer to the first week of Advent as HOPE week and focus on the prophecies that came before Jesus' birth.

Hope is important for us as Christians because it is the foundation of our faith. The dictionary defines hope as "to expect with confidence."

Before Jesus was born, God had said through His prophets that He would send a rescuer for His people. God's people had to have hope--or a confident expectation--that the rescuer God promised would come.

The rescuer did the form of a tiny baby boy. Many were surprised He came this way. Some didn't believe it. But the hope of the world was found in that little baby.

This week, talk with your kids about the Old Testament prophecies that foretold Jesus' coming. Share how we have hope that He will come again some day to make everything right.

Enjoy this yoga pose to celebrate our HOPE in Jesus. Stand with your feet as wide as your hips. Feel strong in your legs and hug your muscles to your bones. Bring your arms next to your ears and open your fingers wide. Feel yourself reaching up to God.

Like a little child reaches for her Mama, we can trust that God is always there for us to give us HOPE.

PS-At Kids' Holy Yoga, we love the Jesus StoryBook Bible.  Here's a great link to an Advent reading schedule to use with the JSSB, found at

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