Far More SeriousNew Every Morning | September 30, 2021
The hope the Bible talks about is far more serious. For example, the apostle Paul insists on the universality of hope in everything we do. It could not be more obvious for him: After the resurrection of Jesus, we actually live by hope—we live by it—so that every fiber of our being is bound up with it. This passionate acknowledgment gets at the truth that only one person can fulfill our hope for healing and salvation—and that is Jesus Christ. This is hope on a grand scale, and its promises are likewise proportionately large.
—Doris Donnelly, in Hope: It’s More Than Wishful Thinking, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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And hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
—Romans 5:5 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Just as God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are far beyond our ability to understand, I think hope, like love, is also beyond our capability to understand. God’s live and hope encircle us like a blanket wrapped many times around a baby. Safe and sound in God’s love and hope we are able to live.
A new month starts at midnight tonight, fall has already come. Blessings to the NEM family.
Thank You, Lord.
This is a wonderful thought…”the promises are likewise proportionately large”. We cannot bound Him, nor His promise of provision of hope. Thank You, Lord.
Not a dull moment here at school. We were on lockdown for quite a while when two youths (supposedly not our students, but somehow entered the building) posted a picture of themselves on social media of them in a bathroom with guns. Of course the students knew all the details before I did. They were showing the picture to me from their phones. Social media is absolutely wrecking education. I don’t know what the answer is. My students were more annoyed then anxious…which I guess is a good thing. Is it naivete or callousness? I am not sure.
I have put a call into the vet, as Roger continues to get sick about every 5 or 6 days. I am awaiting a return phone call. He got sick overnight – and I was not happy to leave him for over 12 hours today. He just laid in the same spot. I am hoping he will have perked up by the time I get home and ready to eat something. Poor little guy. I need to get him attention, probably put it off too long. I looked into pancreatitis and it could very well be that.
Dad is getting his booster shot today. He is happy. Hope the side effects are minimal, if any.