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Topic: Hope (05/04/06)
TITLE: Eternal Hope
By angela belock
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Hope is the beacon of light for a better tomorrow. Hope is the spring board from the darkness of the physical material world, and a leap into a truly beautiful paradise. When one has hope God is present, comforting, and reassuring. When one has hope they donít doubt what tomorrow may bring, they donít weep for what they donít have, but rejoice for what they do.
When a person who has sinned, and dropped into disgrace, losing friendship and respect, God will still sweep in with his arms open wide embracing them. For he knows even the most faithful servant will fall into disgrace at some point in their life. He is willing to forgive the sinner when everyone else is willing to cast them aside.
So pain may starve me from the freedom to chase my kids all over the farm. It may take away my ability to ride a horse and gallop all over Godís beautiful country, but it canít rob me of Faith. It canít take away my belief that there is always a better tomorrow out there. I may hurt so much that I canít walk from the house to the barn without wanting to collapse on the ground and cry. But I will never ask God, ďWhy me?Ē
For inside me, the spirit stirs. Inside me a gentle whisper tells my heart to be calm. Inside God is holding me up. Inside I know God would not give me this physical challenge if he didnít have an eternal solution. Hope is believing that no matter how hard life can be there is always something brighter out there. Something sweet, enduring and gentle.
God doesnít punish us by sending pain or disease, but he does truly test us. Encouraging us to reach for higher things, to work through our problems and carry his torch. My daughter may ask why God makes me hurt, and she may pray for the pain to stop. My husband may look at me with sad eyes and an unhappy smile, knowing he can do nothing for me physically. But inside his heart, he can encourage God to work his will and bring peace to my soul.
My daughter may pray in her room for a healing that may never come. God gives people gifts and maybe my own pain isnít a curse but a gift from above. A gift to teach people, to tell them, much like Job, this isnít what life is about. What hurts is the physical. What makes me want to cry is nothing to worry about. Because God is using it to touch the people around me. To teach them about love beyond pain. Gentleness and tenderness is stronger then doubt and anger. Despair has no power and Hope is Eternal Salvation.
So as I lay on my bed one more time feeling physical pain control my body, I am not defeated. God is not defeated. Instead I arise a stronger person the next day because Godís hope lies with in my heart and I know someday I will have a whole body with no pain, and I will ride those horses again. I will play with children all through the yard, and I will see my husband with understanding on his face. For some day we will all understand why God makes all things happen. This I know because all hope is eternal.
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