Read Hebrews 6:13-19.
We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul. . .
Having an anchor doesn’t promise calm seas. I mean the whole point of one is to hold a boat in place when winds or currents might shift it off course, right?
But God promised Abraham that God would be with Abraham’s descendants through the generations. In Jesus, God promises us that even when this “human” thing is hard, we have an example to follow – that we aren’t left to figure it out alone. And that even when we don’t quite get it right, grace grounds us and nudges us onward. The hope of Advent doesn’t mean we have to pretend like everything is great all the time. Sometimes hope is as simple and as hard as remembering that we will never go where God is not.
Try praying the words below (from Psalm 139) as a breath prayer. Repeat it as long and as often as you need to, praying the first phrase with each inhale and the second with each exhale.
Search me O God. . .and know my heart.
Rev. Allison Wehrung