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Advent Week 1 - Hope

Psalm 25:7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness' sake, O LORD!

This might be the most hopeful verse in the entire Bible! 
 
In Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin, Elizabeth’s sister Jane asks her how she can marry Mr. Darcy when just a year ago she thought him proud and unbearable.  Elizabeth replies that she did think that then but now she loves him. She goes on to say, “But in such cases as these, a good memory is unpardonable.”
 
This is what the Psalmist asks from God – not to have too good a memory!  Please God, don’t think of me according to what I have done in the past.  And God agrees to not remember! 
God didn’t send Jesus, the Hope of the World and the Light that shines through the darkest night, because the world was so deserving.  God sent Jesus as a gift of Love because of who God is and not because of who we are.
 
God still offers the hope of love and new life for each one of us because that is who God is – Love so powerful that it can overcome the power that our pasts can have on our present and our future.
 
Prayer
God, the source of all hope, do not remember the sins of yesterday but let us feel your love for us which offers us hope for a new future.  Amen.