This Sunday we will light the Candle of Hope on our Advent Wreath. What is biblical hope? Optimism is looking at circumstances and choosing to think the circumstances can be shaped or used in a positive way. Biblical hope isn’t optimism because we have hope even when we can’t find any way out of our circumstances. We may talk about hope in a way that is synonymous with wishing: I hope I get a good grade, I hope I get what I want for Christmas. Biblical hope is not wishing either. Biblical hope means looking at God’s history of faithfulness and compassion and believing that God will continue to act for our good as God has done in the past. This hope provides the foundation for faith even when times seem black and we can see no possible way out. If God can raise a dead man to life, then no situation is beyond God’s transforming touch.