Rejoicing in hope: week 16

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Seems like my commitment to post encouragement has unleashed a non-stop flow of discouraging circumstances.

Go figure! But if life was all peaches and cream we wouldn’t have much in common, would we?  Furthermore, we are in good company. While we never hear of Jesus experiencing bodily illness, we do see him spending a great deal of time ministering to the sick. He was with them, taught them, healed them, and showed compassion for them.

At the very least, I know where to go for hope. “That we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4

What is worse, a few of my dear friends are experiencing really tough times right now as well. Now is the time where the rubber meets the road. Do we just have a sunny day, life-is-good kind of faith?  Or do we have the on-your-knees, let’s pray about this, kind of faith? I love how Paul prays for his friends. One of his many prayers is Romans 15:13

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Another friend told me today that while her husband was dying of cancer, sometimes she would just go in another room and sing songs of faith. It almost always made her feel better. I know time spent in prayers with a needy friend this week brightened my week. So I pray hope, joy, and peace in believing for you. Please pray for me as well.

 

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