Hope: An Advent Poem

*Today marks the start of Advent, which commemorates the coming (and second coming) of Jesus. In celebration of the season, I am sharing a poem on each of the four themes of Advent–Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love–on my blog. You can learn more about Advent from my previous posts here and here, and you can read 1 Peter 12 to catch some of the references made in this poem (especially in the 5th stanza). You can also listen to an audio recording of this poem from my SoundCloud page below. Graphic design by Deja Roberson.*


This is the season
we are in need of most
at the moment, for now
is at last the time when
Hope seeps in
and sticks out
like an unmatched sock. This

is when our theology
can be found in its purist form, for it is
preached not as fact or stat
or system, but instead
as its true identity:
metaphor, art, narrative, and poetry,
in prophecy of the coming Savior;
the One who restores
and turns all our tragic stories
into songs of redemption.

And when hatred, violence,
and oppression are seemingly
the only things
that are tangible in this world,
Hope yet steps in as a most-
welcome guest, as a
considerate concept,
as an abstract thought
still finding its form,
as a familiarity we still
have yet to meet.

And yet we know
in our deepest fibers that this
is not some unfounded hypothesis;
Hope is not something we merely
long for, a hypothetical
idea that has the potential
to plot-twist.

Hope is instead a stronghold.
Hope is real and living,
breathing life into
our next day,
sustaining us in our brokenness,
greeting our despair
with a knowing grin. Hope
is more real than the
suffering in this world–
even if it’s much less prominent–

and Hope is what enables us
to long and strive for more
than what we have in front of us.
A world where all are loved
and cared for. A world where
peace endures and the line is blurred
between enemy and brother.
A world where joy is at the forefront
of our fixtures. This is what hope does.
This is what hope promises.
This is what hope ignites.

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