Hope was my word for the year. As we lived through 2019 it was easy to loose hope in the world & myself.
‘Here is the world.
Beautiful & terrible things will happen.
Don’t be afraid’
I was reminded of hope as we listened to carols:
‘A thrill of hope
The weary world rejoices’
(O Holy Night)
And it’s true:
‘Without the weariness there is no thrill of hope’
God stepped into our weary world at just the right time.
‘Hope arrives, small & warm’
Hope wrapped in cloths, lying in a manger.
‘Because of Bethlehem-
Love is born
Hope is here’
Hope has a Name & our hope is renewed when we trust Him.
‘Hope isn’t about about thinking something will get better. Hope is about believing Someone better is already here.’
Hope saves us from our sin & ourselves.
Hope anchors & grounds us.
Hope lifts us & leads us.
‘This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary’
(Hebrews 6:19 NLT)
Hope is not lost in personal tragedy or trials.
Hope is not shaken by world events.
‘When everything shakes, God remains unshaken’
The anchor in the storm. The constant in our chaos.
‘O Lord, let me not fear too much the storms & winds of my daily life & let me know that there is ebb & flow.. but that the sea remains the sea’
We’re holding onto Hope.
‘Sometimes you don’t hold out much hope for tomorrow – only to find Hope Himself is already holding you now.’
Yes, we’re holding onto Hope, but He’s holding onto us!
‘Tomorrow could bring beauty; it could bring heartache. But as I’ve been reminded, even in my darkest moments, Christ holds me fast. Each moment is laced with His grace.’
(Melissa Zaldivar-She Reads Truth)
‘The seasons change & you change, but the Lord abides evermore the same & the streams of His love are as deep, as broad & as full as ever’
So, as we begin a new decade
‘Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
(Robert H. Schuller)
‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.’
(Romans 15:13 ESV)
(Psalm 131:3 MSG)