Hope

artwork by bansky
this year, james and i have the pleasure of leading our christmas day chapel service at our church! in planning everything, we feel it on our hearts to teach about hope…how Jesus was born into a world filled with overwhelming sorrow and hope-lessness. ooh and how it can feel like i’m living in that world sometimes! to that society, to that world (and to ours)- out of His compassion- He sent His son; He couldn’t bear the fact that lives might be spent in melancholy and anguish. He desired to send us hope and promise through Jesus.
what those angels heralded all those many years ago was truly good news. good news that Jesus has been born for *all* people as a Savior- or someone who can make you whole.
A deliverer.
A protector.
A healer.
One who preserves you.
that is the good news. and I soo need that good news. even today, right now. I need to be preserved. I need to be protected. I need to be healed. and in the very deepest part of my heart, I’ve always wanted to be made whole…”You complete me”…that desire to be complete doesn’t go away. Jesus does that for us. on that day He came into our broken, rickety little world, He gave us Hope for our lives here, and for an awesomely amazing eternity.
Psalm 37:25 I have been young and now I’m old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or His children begging bread.
Psalm 33:18-22 But look here- the Lord’s eyes watch all who honor Him, and who wait for His faithful love, to deliver their lives from death, to keep them alive in famine. We put our hope in the Lord, He is our help and shield. Our heart rejoices because we trust Him.
Psalm 31:23-24 Oh Love the Lord, all you His godly ones. The Lord preserves the faithful. Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the Lord.

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