Advent Devotion 5

Reminder of Hope

Marianne Taylor


If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

I Corinthians 15:19 (NRSV)


My cousin's only child had been tragically killed on his motorcycle by a motorist who just didn't see him, 4 days after his 20th birthday. He had been one of my Mother's pall bearers 3 months to the day before his own death.  His friends had organized a little concert and silent auction in his memory to benefit a new library in the struggling small town, just outside Pittsburgh where our family is from. I was sitting outside at the ticket table getting some fresh air when a young man approached me, removed his ear buds and asked what was going on. I'm ashamed to admit that I considered pulling in my purse, which was sitting right in front of me; but not wanting to offend him, I decided to take my chances. After telling him about Adam, he looked at me for two seconds and said, "Well.... you do know about the resurrection, right?" I assured him I did, but the reality of what had happened in my life was overshadowing everything. He smiled at me, told me he was glad and before replacing his ear buds, offered a "God bless you." I will never forget that young man and his remarkable and simply delivered reminder of hope.


Dear Father, Thank you for messengers such as this young man who, in all kinds of ways, remind us, through Jesus Christ, we can and must hope. Amen.