Sometimes when we have disappointments HOPE is what carries us through. We can hold HOPE for others when they have forgotten how to carry it themselves. This may be a more frequent occurrence in these days of the global pandemic when loss and disappointment are an even more regular occurrence for many of us.
As a class, family, or group I invite you to watch this encouraging video about hope.
Ask yourself, there is no wrong answer
What does it mean to have hope?
How can we demonstrate hope in our lives?
Who are people in our lives or history that have demonstrated hope?
Connecting to our faith: Advent Candle of Hope
Be patient, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. (James 5:7-8)
Let us pray: ETERNAL God, strengthen our hearts to wait patiently for the gift of your presence in our lives. May your Holy Spirit help us wait in joyful hope throughout the remainder of this pandemic. Amen
Further Learning & Resources:
Elementary Book Suggestions for Hope
I Hope You Dance, Mark D. Sanders
Tree of Hope, Amy
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories of Hope, Jack Canfield