Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lent Day 10: The hope of life

We've been friends for years. Karris and I have lived in the same city and thousands of miles apart. We've shared music, prayer, and conversation. She taught one of my kids piano while I taught her. She and another single student came for supper before her lesson for years,

I went to visit her in the hospital today. Cancer has invaded her body several times, but her spirit and vision are undaunted. Watching Karris, I'm encouraged by God's work among us. Her body is frail. But she is clear about what God has spoken to her.

And that gives her hope.

And it gives me hope. We know God alone can do the impossible. He alone can override natural laws for disaster prevention, restoration, or healing.

We live with the hope of life. Life eternal. Life here and now.

Lent reminds us that we have the receipt in hand for God's intervention. Jesus "paid it all."

Do you need hope today? God's answers don't always look like our questions. He does more than we expect. Gives us more than we ask for.

So take courage. Come to your Heavenly Father with your petition. Be willing to trust and obey as you come. And see how faith in Christ and trust in the Father will transform discouragement to hope ... and your darkness to God's light.

Read more:
*When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2

*If God is for us, who is against us? Romans 8:31 NLT

*I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV

 Moravian Prayer: In dark days, Protector God, we are tempted to sink into despair. Please keep reminding us that you will never abandon us and we can always rely on your support and sustenance. Amen.

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