Ready or not, it's Friday.
(Maybe more ready than not.)
As the world shifts more and more around us, and pandemic news continues to dishearten, I found encouragement this morning by words from Ann Spangler, in her book, Praying the Names of God.
"Hope is the great stabilizer. It steadies us in times off fear and difficulty, not because we know that everything will turn out as we want, but because we know that God is trustworthy. Hope is what helps us stay on course regardless of circumstances."
One of the names of God is, Miqweh Yisrael, Hope of Israel. In Jeremiah 17:7 we read, "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, with the Lord for his hope." Jeremiah goes on to describe that, "he is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear wen heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit" (Jer 17:8).
When we hope in God alone, it is a practice in trust that God's got this; for we surely know that we don't, we're not convinced the government does, and everyone around us has their own idea of the right solution.
As we enter this weekend, may we rest in God as our hope, trusting in the promises he has given us in his word, as we endeavour to bring light and hope to a weary world.
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