Hope of Hopes

(for the 1st Sunday of Advent)

by

E. E. Perry

 

 

(Puppets come on stage to address the audience.)

PUPPET 1

Welcome, boys and girls! This is the first Sunday of Advent. The theme for this Sunday is hope.

PUPPET 2

Hope? Hey, donít I know her? Isnít she the waitress at that restaurant downtown?

PUPPET 1

No, no. Not a girl named hope, but hope itself.

PUPPET 2

Oh, you mean, like I hope I get a new computer for Christmas.

PUPPET 1

Well, sort of, but not exactly.

PUPPET 2

Or, I hope it doesnít rain because Iím going to the park.

PUPPET 1

No, not quite. When we talk about hope in the Bible, it is not like a wish. It is wanting something to happen and believing that it will happen.

PUPPET 2

Iím not sure I understand.

PUPPET 1

Let me give you an example. In the days of the Old Testament, the people of Israel were sad, because they were constantly being captured by neighboring countries. Isaiah gave them a message from God, saying:

(acting like he is Isaiah delivering the message)

ďA child has been born for us. We have been given a son who will be our ruler. His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace. His power will never end; peace will last forever. He will rule David's kingdom and make it grow strong.Ē*

Isaiahís message gave the people hope. They believed God would do what He said through Isaiah. They looked forward to it happening.

 

PUPPET 2

Oh, I see what youíre saying. They didnít just wish that it would happen, but they were expecting it to happen.

PUPPET 1

Thatís right! Thatís the kind of hope we have in God. Because He said, we can hope, that is expect, it to happen.

PUPPET 2

That makes it the hope of hopes!

PUPPET 1

Thatís right!

(Puppets exit.)

 

* Isaiah 9:6-7 (CEV)

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