As you look at this picture, the first thought that you might be thinking is “What does a dove have to do with hope?” That’s easy to answer. There are two Bible verses in which a dove is seen as a symbol of hope.
The first one is from the book of Genesis, chapter 8. Verse 11 says, “When the dove returned to him in the evening, there was a freshly plucked olive leaf in its beak! Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.” Noah, his wife, sons, their wives and all the animals two by two had been living in the Ark for almost a year (after it rained for 40 days and nights) waiting for the waters to recede from the earth after flooding it. Because the dove was able to bring an olive branch to Noah, that meant that enough waters had receded for things to grow once again. Now, the humans and the animals could leave the ark and begin their new lives on the earth. You can see this scene symbolized in this jigsaw puzzle with the dove holding an olive branch in its beak.
Some of the other scenes in this puzzle entitled “Dove of Hope” are from the Bible as well. It shows the Star shining down on the baby Jesus to show the Magi from the east where to find “Hope”. And then another scene shows the place where Jesus ate his Last Supper with his disciples before his Crucifixion. The upper section depicts Jesus as the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah” and Jesus as the Light of the World.
Since the rest of the puzzle includes scenes from the life of Christ, I’ll mention the second verse about a dove and hope which is from Matthew 3:16. This verse says, “After Jesus was baptized, just as he was coming up out of the water, the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming on him.” Since Jesus says in John 14:16 that this Spirit of God is also the Comforter or Advocate, we can make the connection that this Dove, which stands for the Holy Spirit of God, brings hope as well as comfort.
As you and your loved ones assemble this Christian jigsaw puzzle, it would be a great time to discuss what gives you hope.