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Sophia Nthuku serves as program operations assistant at Habitat for Humanity International’s Africa Area Office. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Read her Advent reflection below.

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.” - Genesis 50:24-25

Joseph’s narrative serves as a compelling illustration of how his understanding of God influenced his decision-making across various circumstances. Amid a series of unfortunate events, Joseph’s unwavering belief in God’s character and promises shone through in his responses. Not once did he display apprehension that God had abandoned him, a fear that often drives us to take matters into our own hands, typically with unfavorable outcomes. Confronted with adversity, Joseph remained certain that God hadn’t forsaken him, staying firmly rooted in the dream he received during his time in his father’s household — a prophecy of future greatness.

When his time came to pass on, Joseph’s most valuable legacy to the children of Israel was one of hope. Throughout the journey to the Promised Land, as some people perished and others took up the responsibility of carrying Joseph’s remains in accordance with his last wishes, the story of his hope had to be recounted. The custodians became bearers not only of his bones but also of the hope that the Israelites would ultimately settle in the Promised Land.

As we work toward achieving Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, may we carry this hope as well, inspired by the understanding of God that Joseph demonstrated. We have taken on a monumental task and will be faced with difficult challenges, but we must remain unwavering in knowing God will not only lead us to do His work, but He will also complete it in His appointed time. In this time of Advent, let us never forget the hope that is found in Christ.


Almighty Lord, it’s all too easy to lose sight of Your magnificence and falter under the weight of the world’s darkness. Today, I want to proclaim Your power in my life. I understand that Your love for me surpasses my understanding. There’s no reason for me to fear the future, for it is already in Your capable hands. May the hope I have in You manifest in my words, actions and prayers. Thank You, Lord, for I firmly believe that those who place their hope in You will not be disappointed. Bless our hearts today and forever, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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