Scripture: Ephesians 1:18-19
Thought for the Day: Last Wednesday evening, we put out our recycling at the curb as we do every Wednesday. Thursday night, it was still there. There have been a few weeks when they didn’t come until Friday, so I just left it by the curb. It was still there Saturday and Sunday, so Donna asked me, “Don’t you think you should bring back in the recycling?” I had convinced myself that they were going to come if I just left it there. Well it is still sitting there, and assuming they don’t skip another week, I will have technically been correct in my belief that they would eventually pick it up. Hope springs eternal in Bruce!
What does Paul mean when he speaks of having enough light to see the hope of God’s calling? I think he was talking about something a bit more sophisticated than whether my recycling was going to be picked up, yet I do believe hope is developed slowly… especially for those who have know pain and rejection and great difficulty. You’ve got to start somewhere, and since God’s light of love is always shining upon us, then maybe our prayers might want to include a simple request: Let me catch a glimpse of your hope. Even if it is just a sliver of divine hope, it has the capacity to sustain us and encourage us along the journey. And when we’ve glimpsed a little bit of hope, it’s as if the eyes of faith become a bit more sensitive to other appearances of that hope. Keep looking!
Prayer: Lord God, I seek the hope Paul referenced, the same hope made real in the life of Jesus. As your light shines upon my life, may it cast out more of the darkness and allow for my eyes to see where hope has always been present. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge