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There IS Hope


The Christmas season can burst with joy or if one has lost someone in that year, it can be so sad. I just want to remind those who are struggling during this Christmas season that there’s hope!

Hope is a “confident expectation of good.” Even if your life feels gray and dead right now, as you keep moving, healing, and going, you will heal. Hope will return.

Where does hope come from? Christmas has the answer: The Son of God, Jesus, came to earth and was born as a baby–that’s what we are celebrating at Christmas: Jesus’ birth.
God wants to know each of the humans he has created, but he gave us the choice to choose him or not. Jesus lived on earth for 33 years, then died–to pay for our sins–and then came back to life and went back to heaven. Now it is up to us; we can have peace and hope through Jesus, if we open our lives to know Him. (He also will let us choose our own way, but that way leads to hopelessness and death.)

Our hope comes from being loved unconditionally by God–whether we return the love or not. Choose to return the love. Choose hope.

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2015


Author: mary.campbell.schuh

Hello Friends, A curious, kind, practical, and energetic writer, wife, mother, and teacher is one way to describe me. I enjoy thinking about transitions--in schools, churches, families, relationships, and even countries. I'm passionate about learning, and I love working with people. Stop by often to see which kind of transition I'm thinking about, and I would appreciate hearing your thoughts. Peace! ~Mary Hope

20 thoughts on “There IS Hope

  1. so beautiful! Yes, this can be a very sad season for some. It’s not all roses! much love and I hope yours is!


  2. Beautiful, very beautiful, Mary!


  3. Thank you – I needed this after just losing my dog. I am trying to find Christmas spirit and joy but it is difficult.


  4. Hello Mary.

    Yes our hope abides in God unfailing love to not just us but to all the world. I love reading the birth of Jesus in the Book of Luke. It lifts my spirits and warms my heart no matter my circumstances. “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord…Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
    (Luke 2: 10-11 & 14).

    I always remember the saying, “Wise Men still seek Him”


    • Amen, Sister!
      I’m so glad you know this and shared this. I love that Bible verse, and I used part of it in my Christmas cards!
      Yes, wise men do still seek Him. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


  5. I choose love and hope too! What a beautiful post :)) Hope all is well with you and sending much joy for this season of Advent!


  6. Hi, what a beautiful post. I’ve had a difficult year with my mum suffering from a brain injury that has left her a shell of her former self. At times I have given up hope yet I continue to move forward. And I still believe and hope that everything is for a reason, even when we don’t know what it is.


    • Hey Miriam,
      Thank you for stopping by, and I’m thankful that my words encouraged you. That sounds so hard to see your Mum change in a difficult way. I’m so sorry about that–that is happening a bit with my Dad right now.
      I’m so glad you are keeping up hope and choosing to believe that things happen for a reason. Peace to you and your Mum.

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  7. Thanks so much Mary for your kind words. I wish the same to you and your family – peace and hope always. xx


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