Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and
assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.Isaiah 40:31
Dearest reading friends, I am doing the unusual and re-posting from April 15 of this year. But it is still 2020 so the unusual is the “new usual!” Somehow, dear one, “HOPE” and it ideals, dreams and eternal truth just never goes out of style in this world or the next. Even the angels sing of God’s glory in the announcing of Jesus birth which we recalled just a week ago while we witnessed the convergence planets not seen in hundreds of years! Hope’s reminders are all around us and they cause life to course through us!
This reposting was ultimately prompted by this morning’s blog by www.davidbahn-reflections.com. Sometimes I need a little shove to the edge of a precipice to do a thing. Beginning to ever write for others to read (here) was like jumping off a cliff – terrifying! This time, I had been considering re-blogging this after having come across a typed copy of the poem “Lay Hold of Hope” earlier this week as so I have. The poem is included toward the end of this post.
May these words of my heart and pen be acceptable to you O God, point to You and lift the spirits of all who choose to read them.
In Jesus’ who lives and from my deep love for you,
“Living hope courses with life.”
“Living hope lives in the face of death.”
“Such a hope will never be disappointed.”
“This is the gift of God in the resurrection of Jesus.”
Go here to read to post these are from: www.davidbahn-reflections.com
These words stopped me for repeated rereads. This is not a redundant statement – I was moved to reread them repeatedly!… just resting there with each… especially the first – “Living hope courses with life.” Think about this, like NOW! … COURSES with LIFE!
These were powerfully stunning and enlightening statements for me (as were the sentences that followed to support these thoughts.) Understanding REAL eternal hope can be elusive to the faithful; young and old alike. I’m an old one, so do not fret if you think you should have known this more deeply than just in your “knower!”
Here is the thing, we use the word hope in all kinds of ways – for everyday speech and eternal talk as well! I can “wish” or even “have the expectation” of a thing but these are not eternal.
So examine the statements! They are of eternal magnitude and exude the confidence we have in what Jesus has already done. Oh my friend, hope is all about confidence, not wistfulness!
We had been lingering on hope and its nature being bound, under-girded, and founded in CONFIDENCE during Sunday morning bible class as corona-virus was looming forth. Now, at least for a time we are not meeting together, so I pray the discussions we had settled deeply into the precious souls of the many folks much older than I in that class and are serving up peace right to their hearts!
My love, I do not know about you, but I am a relative newcomer to grasping hope’s true meaning. I hate to admit this … to be sure, REAL and TRUE hope had not entirely eluded me but deep understanding and the grasping of its nature of confidence based on what Jesus has accomplished for us, had – not anymore!
As I thought more on hope, a day’s prayer developed as I considered our older community who are sick and hospitalized. My prayer was this: “Oh Lord, our God may Your love be deeply penetrating all this affliction so that loneliness doesn’t become more “deadly” than this virus!” I lifted names to heaven and asked, “be with them that YOUR presence is known: confound the enemy and heal our land! in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Yes, do not say it … I know its brevity is atypical but, SEE, I can do it – be brief that is!
Moments later, I found myself tapping my fingers (literally) as my computer which was being cantankerous was re-booting … I had a poem on the tip of my tongue … It is on the way, below:
First, forgive me if it seems that I’ve written sensually and if you begin reading it, please finish. This is just a poem that contrasts some things, which on this side of heaven we love best and often look to as our only hope and comfort with the Heavenly things we should love best and look to for our eternal hope and comfort. It was a meaningful exercise for me to evaluate … Where does my hope come from?
I understand more and more these words from a hymn entitled, “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less,” LSB 575 of verse 1 of this hymn as I relish with great joy more and more the words and sentiment of verse 4.
1. My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
No merit of my own I claim
But wholly lean on Jesus name
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
4. When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh, may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne.
Lay Hold of Hope
Lay hold of hope; it is better than a wish;
Better than the touch of two lovers’ first kiss;
Better than the moonlight on her hair.
Lay grasp on hope; it is more than a thought;
Better than fine chocolate or fine wine’s delicate draught;
Better than his tender caress.
You may think it not, but think it not with your head,
Think with heart, think with sense, think with soul;
Think with Spirit of One who made life instead;
Think with the graciousness of faith’s gift as goal.
Lay your being on hope; it is promise come true;
Precious confidence in Him who gave His all for you;
Precious mercy and grace in the body of One …
Lay your life on this Hope; It is His body and blood;
Precious Jesus’ life given; His blood shed for our good;
Precious mercy and grace, fulfilled in God’s Holy Son.
Lay hold of Hope!
And NOW, may I bless you with these words from our God found in Romans 15:13? I am praying them over you as I type:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
You know Beloved; this is yesterday’s poem, but hope in Jesus [confidence in Jesus] is for yesterday, today and tomorrow! Look up Hebrews 13:8 if you don’t believe me!
I am loving you and trusting you to His care!
Laying hold of hope in Jesus,
PS. I’m under 1000 words today! 😉 (962!)