Sunday, December 29, 2013
Bread for the Journey
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I had the privilege of writing the first Bread for the Journey of 2013 and it was based on this bible verse, hope, my theme for the year. Now I am writing the final Bread for the Journey reflecting through the past year. Was the God of HOPE real in my life? I think that it is safe to say that between the 10 of us, we have likely experienced many of the same things that you, our readers have experienced. Joys, sorrow, hurt, forgiveness, illness, healing, loss, restoration.
As I thank God for how He has worked in my life and in the lives of the ones I love and care about, I stand in awe of answered prayers and prayers that we are still awaiting answers for. Life is not by any means easy, it continues with its earthly challenges, but I choose to continue to live in HOPE. We have a saying between the 10 of us when we share matters of prayer with one another, "Gott Kann" (God can). I am not one for platitudes, but that is not a trite statement of insignificance. It is a reminder of truth for me. I am so limited in my abilities as a human being, but I believe in a God of Hope that can bring about change in my life, if only I am open to His leading, and I continue to walk in hope and trust.
Join me will you, for 2014. Let us journey together, in Hope.
Lord, I ask that you reach into the hearts of each one that comes to read this today. Give them HOPE for their future, and to take that step of faith, one small step in front of the other. We rely on your infinite grace and goodness Lord, in your name I pray, Amen.