HOPE IS THE LIFELINE tossed out to us from God. It sustains us when we feel like we are drowning, and God gently pulls us and the lifeline toward the shores of spiritual growth. With hope we also have faith – not faith that we will be spared pain and despair but faith in the God who will lead us through the difficult times.
Therefore, in our struggle to understand God’s will, let us not concentrate solely on our pain and despair (although we know we are to accept them). Instead, let us look with hope and faith toward attaining new, rich experiences of the abundant life God has given us.
– John R. Wimmer
From page 32 of Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope by John R. Wimmer. Copyright © 2017 by John R. Wimmer. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Describe a time when you have experienced God’s hope. Share your thoughts.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.”
John 15:1, NRSV
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This week we remember: Anselm
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