CITY OF HOPE:
Tracing the Legacy and Promise of God’s Coming into the World
If you’ve ever been there or seen pictures, you’d be surprised—there’s almost nothing spectacular about it at all. Until the 1950’s, the population never rose about 10,000, and even today, only about 25,000 call it home. Yet this simple, seemingly insignificant city draws visitors, pilgrims really, from all over the world. The city is Bethlehem—best known as the birthplace of Jesus; but even before that, this sacred city had a long history of being a canvas on which God paints some of his most glorious work. So, as we walk this hallowed ground through time this Advent season, let it remind us that our own city too is a sacred place—one with a rich legacy and ripe with possibility for God to reveal himself anew.