Posted by: TLC Fellowship | November 29, 2014

Hoping For Jesus


by Shelby Nelms, a member of TLC Fellowship

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways….” ~ Isaiah 64:4-5b

Try as I might, I just can’t help getting excited for Christmas. The traditional sights and sounds, the food—I look forward to this like I was still that skinny little bony-kneed girl living in the oil patches of West Texas. I can hardly wait for the presents, not so much the receiving but the giving and expressions on the faces of loved ones. Focusing beyond all this, and the effort to maintain traditions in an age where obsolescence is almost as second nature as breathing, there is something else that I look forward to, that I hope for, something believers do even though they may not think about it all the time.

I hope for Jesus Christ.

I hope for the Lamb of God to show up in the lives of people who’ve spent years burdened by sin-sick souls, and heal them.

I look for the Lord of Lords to cast His unfailing line to the people who are at their wits’ end of obstacles and trials, and pull them through to victory.

I anticipate the Righteous One to restore the joy of salvation to and renew the strength of those who have been doing Kingdom-building work but have gotten a little tired and worn.

I patiently wait for the Son of God to show those who have thought they were unlovable just how much He loved them over two thousand years ago, and how much He loves them now.

For this year especially, beginning in this season of Advent, I hope for Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior, to do exceedingly and abundantly more than anyone can ask or think.

Prayer: Lord God, like the joy children feel on Christmas morning, I pray for a greater joy to be manifest in the lives of your children who are waiting for you, a joy that only you can bring. Let this season of Advent be more than a reminder or acknowledgement of traditions; let it be a testimony to this world of who you are, and what you can do. Amen.


  1. I too have those hopes this Advent season. Thanks for sharing!

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