In Loving Memory of Precious Lamb, Marilyn Grant, Homecoming May 20, 2016
But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Psalm 39:7
At the start of the year, I chose the word “hope” as my word for the year. It’s a simple word that holds a lot of promise.
Interestingly, I have to remind myself of my word EVERY day. I seem to loose hope at the slightest disappointment and forget who holds the world in the palm of His hand. I forget to hope.
Finances, deaths, disease, job loss, family struggles, and so much more can pile onto a person’s soul and suck the hope right out of their life. Don’t do it. Don’t lose your hope.
How any times has the Lord given me hope? How many times has He picked me up from the gutter? How many times must He prove His love for me?
This is Lent…a season of preparation for Jesus’s death on the cross and ultimate resurrection. I imagine there wasn’t a lot of hope on that dark and sad day. But hope was renewed three days later as Jesus rose from the grave.
Nothing is beyond the reach of God. Nothing is impossible. Nothing is without hope. I am glad I chose that word for this year and I intend to remind myself each and every day to never, never, give up hope.
I am standing on the promises of God, my savior.
Driving down the highway is always an experience.
Halfway to my destination today, I saw a convertible Beetle similar to my own. The difference though was my convertible top was closed but the other was down and open to the elements.
…it was raining.
The occupants were laughing hysterically while getting drenched and I reveled in their joie de vivre. They were ecstatic.
All days are not sunny and sometimes the rain pours down upon my head. But, it is up to me to choose to laugh in the rain knowing it will pass or wallow in misery.
God doesn’t promise perfect days, perfect people, or a perfect life. But what He does promise is to cover me with His grace and love.
That is something to hold onto on less than ideal days because I want to laugh in the rain. I really do.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Daily I am bombarded with emails that assure me that if I only do a certain number of steps, I can live a life of perfection.
Typically, with the one easy and affordable payment, all of my dreams will come true. Money back guaranteed.
I will work only at a job I love, have perfect relationships, effectively get my day organized so that everything is done quickly and efficiently, love and be loved…and more.
These are empty promises my friends. Life can not be perfect in seven easy steps. It doesn’t work that way although it doesn’t mean you can’t try. But, keep your expectations realistic.
For the manual that will clarify your dreams and goals, you only have to look at the Bible. It clearly shows a plan of action to ensure a life well lived. There are no promises for 100% daily perfection but it does promise perfect love from a Father who will never abandon you.
There is peace of mind in that simple and true fact…and I just shared it with you at no cost.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
Today is Ascension Day. A day to remember when Jesus was taken up into heaven a mere forty days after He rose from the grave.
I don’t know why it isn’t more widely revered. It doesn’t seem to be celebrated with the same importance as the Resurrection, death and birth of Jesus Christ. It should matter though and it should matter big time. It’s yet another major promise fulfilled.
When we think of this day, most of us go back to the Nicene Creed:
“And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father: And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.”
I know this day is important to the “church” but it is important for us as well. We need to remember that Jesus will come again and His Kingdom shall have no end. Jesus is the Lord of Lords, the Son of God, the Prince of Peace and so much more.
It’s good to remember and celebrate Ascension Day but it is also imperative that we reflect on God’s love for us, His fulfilled promises and for the gift of His only begotten Son.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow…
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22-24
When you make a promise, you are making a vow to follow through on what you have committed to do. The good thing about our loving God is that He has made a lot of promises and He keeps them.
God promises to deliver us from evil, to watch over us while we slumber. He sent His only son as a sacrifice for our sins, and that same son, Jesus, will return again to set the world to rights. His promises are new every morning.
This world is full of empty promises and broken hopes and dreams. I’m so glad we have a God who loves us enough to always forgive, who never forgets us and grants us grace daily.
Thanks be to God.