The theme for the P.W. Churchwide Gathering illuminates our way forward as we continue into the year with Covid-19 still in our midst. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer, contribute to the needs of the saints, extend hospitality to strangers” (Rom. 12:12-13).
This month I borrow some thoughts from Ms. Falck, Moderator of Des Moines Presbytery that was published in their Spring newsletter.
“Have you had moments during this COVID-19 pandemic when you forgot the date or even what day of the week it was?"
I have and it’s such days that require me to concentrate on what God has in store for me that day. I find God often leads me in a direction I never imagined or planned on going. A phone call can prompt me to pause, listen and pray for the person on the other phone. Sometimes it is necessary for me to step out of my comfort zone and do something I don’t feel capable of doing.
I find if I randomly open my Bible, read God’s word and wait to discern what it says to me at that moment, it is comforting and gives me hope. It seems there is always a message that is appropriate to my needs and the needs of my family, my church, my community and the world.
According to the concordance in my Bible, there are 34 references to hope in the scriptures, with Psalms and Romans having the most. A few of my favorites are:
Psalm 62:5- “Find rest, O my soul in God alone, my hope comes from him.”
Psalm 130:5 - “ I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.”
Psalm 147:11- “The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put hope in his unfailing love.”
Romans 8:24- “In this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what we do not have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
Take time to search the scriptures for hope and believe them. Another way to look at Hope is to look at each letter separately so you can see another picture of what God has in store for you as you think about Hope. In doing this you may think: H-honesty, healing, health; O-openness, others, opportunity; P-persistence, prayer, peace; E-eyes, ears to see the world through God’s eyes and ears to hear God’s message.
Hoping is the theme of the verses I have chosen because that seems to be difficult for any of us to do with grace. No matter how much longer we have to wait for the COVID-19 virus to be controlled we can always rely on God to see us through each day.”
I could relate to several thoughts in her message. I HOPE you can also find meaning and inspiration in her word during this waiting time.
Blessings in Christ,