Hope Without PatienceNew Every Morning | October 2, 2021
Hope without patience results in the illusion of optimism or, more terrifying, the desperation of fanaticism. The hope necessary to initiate us into the adventure must be schooled by patience if the adventure is to be sustained. Through patience we learn to continue to hope even though our hope seems to offer little chance of fulfillment. . . . Yet patience equally requires hope, for without hope patience too easily accepts the world and the self for what it is rather than what it can or should be.
—Stanley Hauerwas, in Hope: It’s More Than Wishful Thinking, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD,
I wait for God my Savior;
my God will hear me.
—Micah 7:7 (NIV)
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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Many trials this week for the NEM family: pretrial hearing in divorce court, h on furnace salesman’s visit, up coming surgery; guns in school, Roger needing care, lots of tennis, deep conversation with a sister, concern for Larry; David’s test results, new meds, a wedding (hope I understand that correctly), financial and health concerns. Prayers for Julie, Jill, Ally & David, their family, and friends. Thankful for your prayers, Erich most certainly needs them. I’m quite sure he feels very anxious about his future. I am blamed for “ruining his life”. I have made mistakes, and admitted them. He doesn’t seem to see that his own actions also play a role in brining him to his current situation. At church we will lose our pastor on the 10th of this month,.
Already a retired pastor, at 75 years old, taking on a second church, and learning computers is too much for her. Laity will have to carry on until a new pastor can be found. The world is full of problems, Lord, You help us ,who turn to You, make our way through them. Thank You, Lord.
Patience and hope together is how I am surviving each day. The Bible states that things are done in God’s time, not ours. I have to hope that he has a plan for my future one “to prosper you, not harm you.”
I have tomorrow to myself as Megan spends the day with her father. I will have church in the morning then as it is calling for rain I will walk around the mall. It is a large 2 story mall and I am able to get some excerise whie window shopping and people watching.
Prayers for Ally and David, for improved health and finances and renewed relationships with his children. Prayers for Roger as he awaits a vet visit, may the vet accurately diagnosis the issue and may the remedies he provides be effective. Prayers for Robert and Erich, may Erich take responsibility for his own choices and life and realize that it is his fault that his future is uncertain. May Erich stop blaming Robert who is an easy target and has sacrificed much to help Erich find his way. Prayers for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.
Patience in the midst of maintaining hope keeps us in God’s will. Lacking patience could, at best – allow us to settle for less than what could be, and at worst – cause us to go against His plan. With that patience, endurance/perseverance is built up. We are modeling Christ’s behavior and His ability to focus/re-focus on God’s will.
Tennis last night – and tho my partner and I lost – I feel like I was playing at close to 100% intensity level. I have a match this afternoon – with a new team – at a higher level. I am looking forward to great competition and the challenge of being the underdog.
I went to the vet this morning to pick up a sedative to give to Roger, prior to taking him on Monday. He fought me so hard the last time he was due to the vet, that I ended up not taking him – because he literally acted like a cornered wild animal. I abandoned any hope of getting him to the vet for a check-up again. I knew it would take illness for me to get him to the vet. Unfortunately that time has come. But – he is having a good day for now, and I am grateful.
Dad and I are going to try to play some golf after my tennis match. We should be able to get in at least 9 holes and maybe a few more. We haven’t golfed together since the first week of August.
I have a friend who always tells me when I get impatient, “wait on God”. I am not a patient person. I also tend to give up easily. Micah 7:7 is a great encouragement to me and a reminder that God is faithful, helping me to hold on to hope. I love the way it reads in The Message translation:
But me, I’m not giving up.
I’m sticking around to see what God will do.
I’m waiting for God to make things right.
I’m counting on God to listen to me.
Praying we all hold onto hope this day.
David has been referred to a urologist regarding because his PSA numbers jumped 5 points in 3 months. I read an article about a study suggesting that long haul covid increases risk factors due to inflammation. Please hold us close in prayer. Trying not to worry.
Robert, you got it right. Thanks so much for your prayers. Prayers continue for you and Erich, that healing will happen and that Erich will begin to take responsibility for his choices. Prayers also for your church as you keep things going without a pastor. Praying God will send you the right person. Julie, prayers continue for fairness to you in your divorce process. I pray you enjoy your weekend. Jill, prayers for your safety at school. I have been reading about ticket of challenges. I think you are correct about social media. Praying for Little Roger: that you get answers and an effective treatment. Prayers that we take care of each other, holding each other in prayer. Love to you all.