Give Hope a Chance

On page 420 of the old red hymnal it can be found, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” Wooden cross, willing sacrifice and selfless love are the stones lain by our Savior, Jesus. Eyes closed, memories filling my mind, I sing “The Solid Rock” to the top of my lungs.

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Hope is…

A part of that great threesome in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.” Hope and faith seem to go hand in hand. “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)

Hope is…

Wrapped tightly around new beginnings. Births, careers, marriages, retirement and for the believer, even death is filled with hope. All my New Year’s resolutions and diets I began on a Monday were fueled by hope.

Hope is…

A choice. Mayhem (I love those commercials) seems to surround us at times. Your physician calls and asks to meet with you as soon as possible, your bank account balance is negative with two weeks left in the month, your husband is more like a roommate, your daughter has just told you she is pregnant, your job is being out-sourced, your… you fill in the blanks. Jesus actually promised us in this world we would have many troubles. That’s why faith is so important to hope. Faith supplies the confidence we need to hope when all seems hopeless.

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Hope is…

Illogical. Don’t expect it to always make sense. It is during those times our hope must be completely based on our trust in Jesus.

Hope is…

Knowing that when you lay your head on your pillow tonight, tomorrow will bring new mercies and manna.

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 You are not alone.
Your situation is not hopeless.

May I pray for you?

Jesus, for each dear one who reads these words, I pray for hope when they feel hopeless, and peace where there is anxiety. May your love wrap them up like a warm blanket on a cold day. I ask You to place loving people in their lives to be Your hands and heart. Remind them each morning that Your mercies are new and Your grace is sufficient for the day.
I ask all these things in Your sweet name Jesus. Amen


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  1. Wonderful post! I remember those old, red, hymnals. I actually have one on my bookshelf. Sometimes I take it down and go back to the old services of my youth. We all need to remember where our Hope is and in whom it belongs.
    Thanks Carmen!

  2. I must say I will definitely have to come here again. Those words were exactly what I needed to hear today and surely shed some light on things.

    Thanks for the inspiation,

  3. oh my … i was meant to come here today, Carmen. for it wasn’t a half hour ago I was singing that old hymn in my heart. and finding comfort in the sacred words.

    thank you.