Showing HopeNew Every Morning | June 12, 2022
As children of God called to manifest hope in and to our world, we do so by walking in the promises of God, promises secured for us by the work of Christ, promises made real and true through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And although there still remain times of great sorrow and tragedy, we face each one with the hopeful assurance that “weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Ps. 30:5).
—Michael W. Waters, Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture (Fresh Air Books, 2014)
What can you do to encourage others to put their hope in God? Join the conversation.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
—Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, help my generation rise to meet the challenges of our day with courage and integrity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Prayer by Michael W. Waters in Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture
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Read more from Michael W. Waters on the Upper Room Ministries Blog. In “A Different Set of Rules,” Waters writes about growing up as a young Black boy and raising his son in America. His experiences reflect a troubling reality for Black people across the country. As you read his story, let it guide you to prayer and action. Read “A Different Set of Rules.”
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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I can demonstrate through my own life that hope can bring joy in the morning. Yesterday was a rough day. My own hopes were dashed and a friendship ended. I do realize it was for the best, but I’m still emotionally raw and back at square one regarding several things. The job opportunity which seemed so promising is no more. Lamentations 3:22-24 came to mind just now:
God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left. (The Message)
Pray we find ways to move forward. Hope in God is what we have. I’m hanging on to that today. Love you all.
That you recognize ending the job was for the best is a blessing, but of course there is a bad sting to deal with. Yes, God is everything, you recognize that truth and you will be sustained. Over and over again God’s way shines through. CCUMC accepted an anonymous $5000 donation and turned it over to The Way Station , a homeless help program, so it could be used to match donations up to that amount. There are miracles in our time. Plans for the month of July are in place. We are working a way forward. There will be no part time pastor or even coordinating pastor from the conference. A possibility for a coordinating pastor from our community of faith exists. Will see what happens over the summer. Anneliese is home, getting medical attention and meds, dealing with house repairs, the insurance estimate, two bear visits, and a fish pond pump failure. Thank you for your prayers. Thank You, Lord!
My way of encouraging is to listen well, to be present, and when the opportunity arises – speak of His faithfulness and peace in my life. I can continue to be a “Kingdom worker” in my little corner of the world, in my mission space.
It was disappointing that my tennis teammate texted me this morning and said she would not be meeting me at church. I will stay ready, allow God to keep working – and be ready to accompany her on this path of grief as she permits/welcomes me.
I attended a meet and greet of a former student and her husband who are missionaries in a closed country. They are home on furlough. She will give birth to their first child and be in her sister’s wedding before returning to their assignment. She looked well and they are very passionate about their calling.
My church is hosting a tennis camp this week – it is in the morning. I am one of the volunteers. It is supposed to get very very warm beginning Tuesday. Hopefully the kids will come with lots of water and gatorade.