IN CHRIST IS HOPE!

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WEDNESDAY IN THE WORD – February 28, 2024

IN CHRIST IS HOPE!

Psalm 33:20-22 NRSV

“Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and shield. Our heart is glad in him because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love,

O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”

 

Have you ever been mightily tested? And when the temptation covers are pulled back, the ugly signs of despair, anger, hatred could be in full sight. But for urgency, now is the time for more fervent prayer with the One who can heal. Although the healing process can be arduous and when our hearts ache with unspeakable pain, in troubled times, in Christ there is Hope. In Christ we grow stronger, while yearning for peace, insurmountable peace in a tormented world. We become better when we grow stronger through prayer and fast from the things that divide us; that keeps us from Christ.

 

If temptation lurks, pray for speedy recovery, remain steadfast with the hope of eternal peace. Give thanks to the Lord for his steadfast love. Remain firmly fixed in place in your faithfulness. Be forever grateful for the hope that brings a brighter tomorrow. Do not keep your hope bottled up in doubt, releasing it in small doses. Allow hope to spring forth with the love of Christ who is the source.

 

Jesus is our source. His source is where our trust originates and deepens, where our hope is replenished. We cannot deplete Jesus’ resources. And with that hope, we make our home in Jesus’s love—the most abundant and inexhaustible love in existence. This is the Lord upon us in action; responding to become love as we abide in love. In other words, we will become what we put our efforts to; this means giving away what we take in, drinking our fill of the Source, which is Christ, spilling over to bless the world, and then return to the Source for a fresh in-filling. This is our movement, our rhythm, our dance. Repeatedly. This is where we begin and end and begin again replenished by the Source. 

 

How can you sustain such depths of compassion in the Source? Jesus offers a single, straightforward answer: “Abide in my love.” To rest, to cling, to make ourselves at home—not simply in him, but in his love.

 

In this Lenten season continue to pray for added strength and courage needed to overcome the violence within communities and the world. Pray to grow closer in relationship with God and each other. Pray for healing hearts in our churches and in our communities. Pray for our national leaders and world leaders that they will be stronger for justice–rightful decisions for the common good. Pray that they will know that the Lord’s love shines for all and does not drift away even in the sight of tragedy. For God delivers love, especially when we need it most. We must be available, sharing that love when someone needs it too.

 

And so, it is with prayer in fasting, to sit with our hungers, our wants, our desires and learn what they can teach us. This is the invitation of Lent. To learn that you can hope and hurt at the same time. In your sanctuary silence, Christ invites you to trust his power for your need. Remain steadfast in grateful love. Count on being loved in your vulnerability. He accompanies us in our suffering, not a God who guarantees a lifetime of immunity God, is your constant love, the source of all life, and because of God’s faithfulness, you can embrace hope!            Amen.

 

Rev. Carole, Asst. Pastor

 

 

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