I’ve preached sermons on it.
I’ve lived with it.
I’ve suffered without it.
Today I am writing about it.
Jesus spoke about hope in His 3 years of ministry. I’ve studied it in scripture with the deepest level of intention.
I don’t know if I completely understand it.
Here are a few of my favorite verses on it - 1 Peter 1:3; Romans 5:2-5; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Romans 8:24-25; Romans 12:12; Romans 15:4; Romans 15:13; Hebrews 11:1; Titus 1:1-2; Proverbs 24:14; Psalm 10:17.
Faith and hope have guided my life. But I must be honest with myself, I’m being honest with you too. Weariness pushes back hard against the hope within me. Maybe it’s anxiety. Maybe it’s fear. Part of me accepts how I feel, but another part of me has to fight back by staying hopeful and fueled by faith. Sometimes I fake it to mask my pain.
I know I am not alone. Christ is with me.
I apologize, but I have to be deliberately vague about the details out of respect for my loved ones. So I ask you to pray.
Pray for peace. Pray for grace. Pray for wisdom. Pray for patience. Pray for healing. Pray for faith.
We all need more of it.
Pastor Jeremy E.