Advent Devotion 5

Hoping for the Best

By Eugina Robertson

Hebrews 11:1    Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.


In an interview with Wes Moore, talking about his book; The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, he was shocked to discover that this other Wes Moore not only shared the same name but also lived in the same neighborhood as a child. This other Wes Moore, however, ended up in prison for armed robbery and murder. The author Wes Moore had a very different life as a college graduate and Rhodes scholar. He asked the other Wes Moore why their lives had taken such different paths, supposing perhaps we are simply products of our environment, since the author Wes Moore had moved out of the rough neighborhood as a teenager.  The prisoner said, we were not products of our environment but products of our expectations. The prisoner Wes Moore was told he would never amount to much as a young black man in a rough neighborhood, while the author Wes Moore, who is also black, was always told we expect you to go to college and do great things and be successful. "The tragedy, was not that we both did not live up to expectations but that we both did," said the prisoner Wes Moore.


Father, I pray, that the expectations of the hope of a Messiah during this Advent also remind us of the expectations you have for us. For you give us hope. Amen.