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        AUGUST 2016

 

“HOPE”

 

As I wrestled with what to share with you for the month of August, I came across a paper I wrote for a class I was taking, the “The Theology of Hope”, at Princeton Theological Seminary back in 1977.  I titled it “HOPE AND THE TERMINALLY ILL CHRISTIAN”.  Several events that I experienced over the preceding year led to my interest in the subject.  I’ll not get into the details of the events, but deal with the “Hope” aspect.  Hope is not simply wishful thinking as we may often use it.  I like to think of it in the verbal format of being an action word.  As an action word it expresses “to cherish a desire with anticipation”, “to desire with expectation of obtainment”, “to expect with confidence”.  We can think of it as great expectations.  We expect God to do great things in our lives through our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. 

 

We need more than hope for better days to come.  We need hope that helps us live now!  Hope gives life meaning in spite of anger, depression, denial, and any other steps or stages we drift in and out of as we go along life’s way.  We need a hope that grows naturally out of faith in God that sustains us from day to day.  Hope personally experienced needs to be passed on to others.  One way we can do that is in being a comfort and encouragement to others who lose a loved one.  Too often we forget that visitation at a funeral home is not just for the one who has died, but more so for their loved ones who remain and must move forward with life.  Our visits may be just what they need for their hope for a brighter tomorrow. 

 

We cannot separate present hope from future hope.  Each builds on the other.  We must not short-change one by over-emphasizing the other.  Present hope builds a base for the by and by of the future.  Now is the time to expect great things from God so we can recognize his future blessings as they come our way.

 

I like the following which is from a book by Carl Schurzer, Ministering to the Physically Sick.  It addresses the present and future of hope.

 

“Our faith in God provides the assurance that He cares. Whatever occurs to us in relation to sickness will eventually run its course, and God’s plan for us is good and purposeful. We may use it for our spiritual benefit while it is happening and plan for the future with deeper insight gained from experience.”

 

God bless!  Fred

 

 

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