River City Church - Smyrna, GA

The Virtue of Hope

December 30, 2018

In this Christmas season, Kara draws from the story of the shepherds visiting Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus to illustrate how God doesn't always show up the way we expect Him to. The Jews hoped for the Messiah to come for generations and had an expectation about how He would do so. For most, that expectation interfered with their ability to see Him when He arrived as a baby in a manger. The shepherds came and saw, and glorified and praised God for what they heard and saw. The worship journey for this week: "What would it look like for RCC to be full of hope and celebrate even if God gives us different things than we hoped for?" Kara shared a quote from Richard Rohr about the virtue of hope: "The theological virtue of hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without closure, without resolution, and still be content and even happy because our satisfaction is now at another level, and our Source is beyond ourselves." Luke 2:15-21; Isaiah 11:10; Isaiah 35:5-6; Revelation 21:1-6.