Pondering for Friday, November 29, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Friday of Proper 29 Year 1

AM Psalm 140, 142; PM Psalm 141, 143:1-11(12)  Isa. 24:14-23; 1 Pet. 3:13-4:6; Matt. 20:17-28

“Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3: 15)

Peter says to figure out what your heart is set on and hope for the best.   Hope for good to be done and that all people are given what they need to be the best that they can be. 

I have said that as we age and mature our values shift or change.  How about hope?  Can or should what we hope for, shift or change?  I think so.  I think our hopes are directly linked to our values. 

Some people have no hope.  Often they are down trodden and want you to be the same.  Resist this kind of negative influence.  Be strong. Hope well. Give people hope.  I am reminded of a lady who came to see me during a meeting.  I went to her to explain that now is not a good time but that after my meeting I would attend to her.  The woman, who needed financial assistance, was tired and apparently had a sense of urgency.  To cut to the chase, she asked if this church had ever “hoped” anyone before.  I didn’t’ know what she meant at first. But then I realized that she was using an improper form of the word “help” and wanted to know if our church had ever helped anyone before.  I told her yes but asked her to sit in the sanctuary until my meeting was over.  When the meeting was over, she was gone.  Wished I could have helped her.  But she helped me.  Using her language I believe we are called to give people hope.  I know hope is not a verb but we should hope people.  And good hope will do.  Over time it will evolve along God’s will. But first people must have hope.  We Christians are supposed to hope them.

We must understand that God has provided all creation with all that we need. Since we believe that God’s will, will be done, our hope is personal. We hope that we can witness God’s will being done during our earthly lifetime. So this then is our defense, that we give hope to others as they live into the path that God has set them on.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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