Thursday, July 09, 2015

Our Hope

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "Hope." Write for five minutes; unedited.




"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness."--Desmond Tutu

I have been replaying these words in my mind ever since I heard them especially as I look at the events in Charleston, racism, etc. It is extremely difficult to find the light in the midst of these situations.

And then I look at the world around me. I see hope in plants growing up in the soil. I see hope emerging from the children around me. "For a little child shall lead them." I see hope as 30,000 youth and adults get ready to emerge on the city of Detroit for the ELCA National Youth Gathering. But even though I see this hope, sometimes (ok more often than I or any of us care to admit), it is almost impossible to spot.

Where is hope in the midst of the world's events?

Where is the hope as we watch so many struggle with a mental illness, with cancer, with.....?

Where is hope when ISIS continues to steal away so much from so many?

Where is hope?

The truth, my friends, is that hope can be found in our Lord and Savior. Our hope comes in the form of a son who died on a cross for our sins. Our hope comes in the form of this holy one who isn't afraid to turn the world upside down and sit and break bread with tax collectors and sinners. Our hope comes in the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I am reminded of what has become one of my favorite verses from the book of Psalms; "Weeping may come for the night, but joy comes with the morning (Psalm 30:5)

In these beautiful words, I see HOPE; a hope that only can be given to us by our dear savior.

18 comments:

  1. Amen, so very true.

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  2. Very well said!

    But I'd like to add one more source of hope, especially for those haunted by ISIS and such...

    When the world dials 911, a Marine answers.

    Here from FMF

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2015/07/your-dying-spouse-28-only-hope-five.html

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    1. Yes they do, my son included! Thank you for your selfless service.

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    2. Indeed! I am so thankful for our military. My AF husband has also served in the wars.

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    3. Thanks Andrew, Carrie, and Bringbread!

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  3. Oh I love that quote! I am so thankful that Hope is always near... always available... always offering glimmers of Light!

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  4. Yes ma'am! Our hope... is only in Him.

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  5. so true tara:) watching the news is definitely NOT the place to find hope for sure! in Christ alone our hope is found...

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    1. Nope the news is not at all the place to find hope for sure. Yes, our hope is found in Christ alone.

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  6. When all else fails, we can rely on our Savior for the hope we need to get through these tough times. Thank you for that quote as well. It's easy to get caught up in what is going on around us and forget that God wins in the end. Thanks for sharing today, Tara!

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    1. Yes Carrie, for sure! Thanks for stopping by friend!

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  7. Tara,
    it's all about Jesus! Yes! So glad to share your heart and thoughts this week!! :)
    Love,
    Tammy
    (#71 this week)

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    1. Tammy, it is indeed all about Jesus!

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  8. Beautiful post, Tara. I love this: "Our hope comes in the form of this holy one who isn't afraid to turn the world upside down and sit and break bread with tax collectors and sinners." He is so good to us!

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    1. Thanks Tasha. Yes indeed he is so good to us. And that line is one of my faves in this post as well.

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