Speaking of God, HOPE, Week 5 Day 2

Brooke Eikenberry Speaking of God

HOPE is one of those words that we use (and hear) often.

 

How many times have you heard “hope” today?  “I hope I make it to the bus on time.”  “Did I put too much garlic in?  I hope not!”  I hope they can read my writing.”  “I hope she didn’t get mad when I said that.”

 

When you are in a church service, you sometimes sing “My Hope Is Built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”  Hymnal 368.  Another hymn repeatedly refers to Jesus as the “Hope of the World.”  Hymnal 178.

 

Read through the book of Romans in the Bible.  There are several verses that include “hope.”  Romans 5:3-5  “Let us exult in the hope of the divine splendor that is to be ours.  More than this: let us even exult in our present sufferings, because we know that suffering trains us to endure, and endurance brings proof that we have stood the test, and this proof is the ground of hope.  Such a hope is no mockery, because God’s love has flooded our inmost heart through the Holy Spirit God has given us.”

 

In Corinthians 13:7, we are told that “there is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance.”

 

Several years ago, while Ginnie Pearson was our minister, our church initiated the HOPE Center.  Those letters were said to stand for Homeless Outreach and Project Endeavor.  What an impact the HOPE Center has made addressing the hopes and some of the needs of our Napa neighbors!  Thanks be to God!

 

An early American proverb declares that “one who lives in hope dances without a fiddle.”

 

Hope – – think about it!  Hope you’re having a good day!

 

Susan Edenborough

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