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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"


Beacon of Hope

“The great events of this world are not battles and elections and earthquakes and thunderbolts. The great events are babies, for each child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged with humanity, but is still expecting goodwill to become incarnate in each human life." 1

Every year, we wait expectantly during this season of Advent not for the victory of worldly powers, but for the birth of a baby born to asylum-seeking parents displaced from their home and burdened by the yoke of oppressive authority. Our Savior comes not as the king we might imagine brought into power through battles or elections, but as an infant to be raised by parents who know just how cruel the powers of this world can really be. 

Our Savior comes as a precious child, a beacon of hope with us in the most difficult of times and places.

When we feel exhausted by brokenness that surrounds us, may we be emboldened by the hope embodied through each child born into this world. With each baby comes the message that our God is not yet discouraged with humanity. Salvation is yet to come. Let us abide in this hope, a hope with us through all the trials we may face, and await the coming of our Savior with great expectation.


1 Marian Wright Edelman, “Standing Up for the World's Children.”

Image credit: "Advent," Image by Shumpei Sano via Flickr, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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