Comfort ye, my people: Handel’s lyric has none of the jolliness of Jingle Bells or the triumphal air of Adeste Fideles. But this plaintive cry from The Messiah strikes just the right note for this Christmas… a Christmas preceded by a season terror… set in an age of uncertainty. But how will we be comforted? Exactly, what do we want from God this Christmas?
“Esperanza” is the Spanish word for hope. It is such a lovely word. It captures the soaring spirit of hope… the ultimate confidence of a Christian life. This Christmas let’s live in “Esperanza.” Let’s open up the gift of hope. With God’s other graces, it already lives in you. Reach into your spiritual closet. Take it out. Try it on. Get comfortable with it. Take it for a test drive. Share it with the family. Show it to the neighbors. Ask God to keep hope fresh in you every day. The Venerable Bede left us this simple devotion to pray each morning: O Christ, our Morning Star, come and waken us from the grayness of our apathy and renew in us your gift of hope
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