1 Samuel 2:6-10 God brings death and God brings life, brings down to the grave and raises up. God brings poverty and God brings wealth; he lowers, he also lifts up. He puts poor people on their feet again; he rekindles burned-out lives with fresh hope, Restoring dignity and respect to their lives— a place in the sun! For the very structures of earth are God’s; he has laid out his operations on a firm foundation. He protectively cares for his faithful friends, step by step, but leaves the wicked to stumble in the dark. No one makes it in this life by sheer muscle! God’s enemies will be blasted out of the sky, crashed in a heap and burned. God will set things right all over the earth, he’ll give strength to his king, he’ll set his anointed on top of the world!
There is fresh hope in these lines above.
God is with us through death and life. He is with us in our coming and our going. He is with us during the bad moments and the good. He is our Hope.
The word of the year HOPE is proving to be a good one thus far. I ordered a brass ring from Dayspring emblazoned with the letters HOPE. It is pretty cool I must admit. It is a reminder that God has brought me out of death and despair into the light of life and hope. Last year was rough. 2020 is proving smooth so far. Thankful.
I also ordered a Hope for Each Day flip calendar with passages from Billy Graham. It’s a good desktop tool for starting my day pondering the Light of the Lord. In addition to the ring & desk calendar, I got a coffee mug with Jeremiah 17:7 and Prayers to Share 100 Pass-Along Notes for Hope. I drink tea daily so the hot ceramic mug will be another sweet message of hope. The notes will hopefully be Light givers to friends I know. If you know my personally look for a note in 2020! If you’re an online blog reader shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address. I’ll mail you one! Snail mail is simply THE BEST!
Note: I’m not being paid or endorsed by Dayspring. I just like their stuff.
Dear God, You are our finest Hope. Forgive us when we try to make it in this life by our own sheer strength. We falter. We fail. Thank you for taking away death with the life of Christ. He shows us there is an everlasting life in heaven after this life here on earth. May we look around ourselves today and find ways to give gifts of hope–a smile, a note, a hug…to those in need. Amen.