No Longer Lost

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From Matthew 28:20, Christ is speaking to the eleven disciples at Galilee following the Resurrection:  “. . . And remember I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  

Do you have a favorite Bible verse that has stuck with you this week?  You are invited to share it in the comments.  May God bless each of you in the coming days.

Walking down an empty sidewalk all alone

Feeling lost when no one calls his phone

Facing the final sunset of a life

Remembering past sinful strife

Rubbing together his chilly, worn hands

Warming a cold heart of a humbled man

 

Recalling a strong home built brick by brick

Wiping away tears when she became sick

Losing his loving bride to illness

Asking, “Why God, is this meant?”

 

Battling the raging, turbulent cosmic powers

Creating lonely darkness that sadly towers

Living without a daily dose of hope

Trying to understand his life’s scope

 

Reciting scripture as Christ says, “I am with you”

Witnessing the bloody Cross, coming into view

Testing his faith, builds continued endurance

Removing sinful chains at every occurrence

 

Loving us, God guards our hearts and minds

Smiling, the old man knows he has more time

Bringing Salvation, our Savior conquers the Cross

Blessing another life, this man no longer feels lost

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Where is Hope?

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The location of Hope County can’t be found on any maps

Perhaps hope resides in our caring hearts ready to tap

 

Last year’s drought

Brings misery and dried-up hope

Optimistic farmers seed spring crops with unwavering hope

 

A nearby processing plant

Will close soon with vanishing hope

Hurting families look to God for new hope

 

A nation’s inner fiber

Torn and ripped apart with faltering hope

Martin Luther King proclaims a message of rebuilding hope

 

A man sits despaired and forlorn

Being laid off with a future that offers spiritless hope

Receiving a new job brings praise to a God of immense hope

 

A crime-ridden neighborhood

Breathes each day with an absence of hope

Community spirit and love return with true hope

 

A charred Apollo spacecraft

Dashes an American moon journey with little hope

Neil Armstrong walks on the moon with restored hope

 

A scorned and forgotten child

Feels left out at school with fading hope

A passionate teacher smiles and brings refreshing hope

 

A middle-aged woman

Receives news that her body is filled with cancer and no hope

Prayers intercede filled with cancer-free and grace-filled hope

 

A sin-filled world

Awaits a Savior with never-ending hope

God sends His Son to deliver eternally-filled hope

 

Our world contains many places

Where hearts are filled with everlasting spirit and hope

Let’s never turn-off for a second our amazing hope

 

The Bible speaks a great deal about hope.  Search for numerous examples such as from Romans 15:13:  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Frozen Morning

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An elderly woman sits at her kitchen table

Hoping to stay warm today if she is able

An Arctic blast from up North has arrived

Challenging her to survive and stay alive

The inside of the window is covered with ice

Thinking that having some heat would be nice

Her needs are quite simple at this time

Praying the thermostat will begin its climb

She huddles close to a burning candle for its bit of heat

Realizing that she needs another blanket for her feet

She lives alone without any other family close by

Aching, her heart seems ready to quit and cry

Suddenly, there is a knock at her frozen door

Opening it to discover the Lord brings more

A stranger with a fuel truck has finally arrived

Smiling, the woman begins to feel more alive

He fills her empty fuel tank until it’s almost full

Checking her boiler, it is working without a lull

A sense of inadequacy overwhelms the woman to tears

Feeling desperate, her pocketbook is empty she fears

The helpful man simply ignores her worries and leaves

Telling her that a shepherd will take care of her needs

The woman sits stunned and cannot understand to see

Looking down an isolated road that is as empty as can be

Who paid to fill her empty fuel tank?  She has no idea at all

Feeling a tender hug from high above, her Lord makes a call