Read: Hebrews 1:1-4
Years ago researchers performed an experiment to see the effect hope has on those undergoing hardship. The researchers placed two sets of laboratory rats in separate tubs of water. The researchers left one set in the water and found that within an hour they had all drowned. They periodically lifted other rats out of the water and then returned them. When that happened, the second set of rats swam for over 24 hours. 1Why?
Not because they were given a rest, but because they suddenly had hope! Those animals somehow hoped that if they could stay afloat just a little longer, someone would reach down and rescue them. If hope holds such power for unthinking rodents, how much greater should its effect be on our lives? Our hope resides in the promise that “in these last days God has spoken to us by a Son” (Hebrews 1:1).
Prayer: “Gracious God, come again and give us the promise of hope in Jesus.” Amen.
Talk time: Ask your children what God thinks about Christmas.
Love during Advent: Let your family make some gifts and visit a home for the aged.