The season of Advent begins with lighting the first candle for Hope. It is the promise of hope that the season can help connect to the gift Mary gave in saying yes to the Angel Gabriel. It is no surprise that hope is the first of the candles, cause hope can make intimidating parts of life seem attainable. I have not personally counted, but it is said there are 365 times that “do not fear” appears in the Bible. This is one for every day and no wonder with so much to fear.
It is Mary who demonstrated prayer in action, to step into a vast unknown to say yes. It was more than her faith that continued to project her forward. It was devotion that sustained Mary through the wilderness.
This week to add to the on going daily Minute of prayer, maybe consider an additional minute pause on hope. Of how HOPE personally looks, feels and sounds.