Hope has walls, even though sometimes our arms don’t seem long enough to reach them. But that’s when I think God stretches us, and when our fingertips brush up against the surface of hope, we find out that it’s soft in some places and hard in others. We find out that the walls of hope are textured and that leaning against them can be both comfortable and painful. Then the walls push out a little more and we’re ready for more stretching.
—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
When have you experienced hope as both comfortable and painful?
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Once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
—1 Peter 1:13 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God of hope, when we reach out to you with our dreams and our confessions, may we feel you reaching back out to us. Nourish our spirits, and nudge us to incorporate you into the rhythm of our days. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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