Hello once again!
Looks like our good ol’ groundhog saw six more weeks of winter! I hope you’re enjoy it and staying warm by the fire. I’d like to pick up our discussion of how we can be a channel of God’s peace to all we meet. According to St. Francis of Assisi in his prayer one way we can begin is to:
BRING TRUE FAITH WHERE THERE IS DOUBT
Let’s look at a possible scenario with a doubting friend who asks you: “Well if your God really loved me, He never would have let this happen!” “God is with you right now, my friend. Do you know how much he loves you?” “Yeah! Right! He has one heck of a way of showing it, that’s for sure! What do you care anyway?” “Because I love you the way that He does. There is NO condemnation in Christ Jesus, my friend. It’s time to accept His forgiveness and sorrow for your hurt.”
I guess we all know that there is no other way of convincing hurting, angry people of God’s love than just by showing it to them. When our faith burns strong, NO doubts, others feel it. When our love is the TRUE love of our Jesus, friends feel it.
Showing TRUE faith tramples doubt in its tracks. Hatred doesn’t stand a chance against the Love of Jesus! That love never dies! Hallelujah!!
HOPE AMIDST THE DESPAIR IN LIFE
We can bring Hope amidst the Despair in Life. Despair is a Hopeless state – Despair is at the bottom – NO ONE wants to be in despair:
“That’s it, God!! Where are you?? I’ve been searching for a job for a year!! I’m done!” the young father’s screams echo through the night!
“How can you leave me all alone like this, God??” the widow amidst torrents of tears.
God’s dear children, He promises you : I am always with you says the Lord. I will NEVER EVER leave you! I will not forsake you!! Because I love you… Psalm 42: the psalmist knew deep despair as he cries out, “Why are you so downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him my Savior and my God.”
“PUT YOUR HOPE IN GOD” – This situation is just so, so hard. Being a channel for God’s peace here leads us to few words and more hugs; no judgements but shared tears.
God IS our source of endless hope, but when we are in despair, only LOVE heals and strengthens. Only TIME in prayer and praising God with one in despair will soothe the awful wound and make a heart stronger in Jesus. Which then will bring us to what St. Francis says we are to be:
LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS; JOY IN THE SADDNESS
The world is darkness; the kingdom of God is light. Light is what makes vision possible – Because we are in the Light in Christ Jesus we can see through the darkness of the problems of this life, going from the darkness of low feeling and into the JOY of LIFE IN HIM! Ephesians 5 says, “You were once darkness but NOW you are light in the Lord.” So – the darkness is no more for us because we are walking with our Jesus in the Light!
You want HOPE – here’s HOPE – the hope of every Christian – ETERNAL hope from the book of Revelation 21, Talking about the New Jerusalem where we are headed: “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the Glory of god gives it light and the Lamb is its lamp”
There will NEVER be darkness there – Only the Light of the Glory of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ! I’d say that deserves a Hallelujah!
Until next time, with love and blessings, Barbara