ember

ember

hope is an ember
that glows faintly in the hearth

its feeble flicker
signs of its struggle
before it subsides
into cold ash

lean close,
breathe on it
gently,
carefully

bring it
to life
again

Jodie McCarthy

In the Waiting: Hold on to Hope

In the Waiting: Hold on to Hope

The birth of Jesus is not the end of the story. Yes, it is the advent, the arrival that we celebrate at Christmas. But this baby still had to live, he had to grow and learn, he had to start his ministry, he had to gather his disciples, he had to teach, he had to suffer and he had to die.

And there was persecution and challenges right from the start. The second chapter of Matthew details the jealous vendetta of King Herod against this newborn child.

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