April 7th – Hope Ahead

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Give to hope as you do fear, and fear is no more. As light destroys darkness, and heat cold, so hope fear. The beginning of the day disperses the night, and the singing of birds again break the still of the the long silence of the lightless sky. Give to Me your darkness, and My light will shine upon its gloom. Hope in He who measures all hope, and sees beyond hope, to the great rise of the sun, scattering what was, into what is to come. There is nothing to fear, as I am at your side. I do not leave you in trouble, and I do not forsake those who trust in Me. Breathe deeply the air of faith. Gather the song from the silence. My light dawns once again, scattering the necessary darkness where hardship must be fought. Trouble though it seems, hope prevails in My constant watch, and My great peace given to you today of hope yet to come.

Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV) – Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Romans 15:13 (NIV) – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Bottom Line: As we enter into a very holy week on the Christian calendar, we are reminded that even the most trying of times can also be times of hope and expectation. So many are being tried right now, feeling alone, fighting off fear, much like the apostles went through in the days leading up to the resurrection. We remember that in the end He rises, so the darkness coming this Friday is not near as crippling as it was to the first Christ-followers. As we go through this darkness together, know, just like Holy week, there will be a great sunrise coming, and it will drown out the anxiety many are feeling right now. If you are one of them, have hope in His love and presence; Sunday is coming. Have hope in His promises, and let His Word work its wonders as you begin to give the glow of hope to others, as the new dawn begins to rise!

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