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Topic: hope (03/29/04)

TITLE: The Gift of Hope
By Michele Woellner
04/04/04

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Since the beginning of time when God created the world, He has been offering to His people again and again a convenant of love and hope. He understands perfectly the human condition. Throughout the ages, He has seen His people in great despair. God has never desired His children to live in despair. Because God is all loving, He has always offered His people the gift of hope. His ultimate gift of hope was given when He sent His Son Jesus. Christ took all of our suffering and despair to the Cross, and through His Resurrection, He has given us the victory over all of our weaknesses and sins.

God desires that we become instruments of hope to His people. He wants us to reach out to others who are in despair and bring Christ's hope into their lives. The gift of hope is a great blessing that we can share with others every day. As it has been said, "Hope springs eternal." Some of my other favorite quotes about hope are as follows: "Hope is a gift that allows a broken winged bird to fly again." "Hope is the constancy of faith." "Hope is the gift that allows us to look up rather than down and to look forward and not back." In Romans 12:12, it reads, "Be joyful in hope." Also, Zoe Girl (my favorite Christian group) has a beautiful song called "Unbroken" on their "Different Kind of Free" CD. There is a very powerful verse in that song that says, "If I was unbroken, I'd never know the beauty of hope and how far grace can go ...". These words give testimony to the fact that God works all things together for good (Romans 8:28). He even uses our brokenness to bring us to a greater understanding of His hope.

May we always hold onto the gift of hope in our lives; and may we bring Christ's hope to others in need.


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