Thursday, April 15, 2010

April 15 – Hunting for Hope

Did you find any?

How many unresolved burdens of unbelief or unrepentance might there be here in Cor Unum? Two are too many! We are called to abide in hope, because we are born anew to abide in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Oh, beloved Sisters . . . brave and stalwart Brothers . . . abide in hope! Let us hope for ourselves and hope on behalf of others. What better purpose could we have as we live among men? We HOPE to see God’s kingdom come, and we HOPE to see them have their part in it! Remember . . . “hope maketh not ashamed” . . . hope does not disappoint! (Romans 5:5)

We who wait for the Lord, purify our own hearts by the HOPE that is in us. (1 John 3:3)

The Lord TAKES PLEASURE in those who HOPE in His mercy. (Psalm147:11)

The Lord Himself IS OUR HOPE. (Jeremiah 14:8, 17:7, 13, 17)

Hope keeps us up-to-date and clears our calendar, all at the same time! When we continue in hope, as we are admonished to do (Colossians 1:23,) we will have hope for ourselves, our families, our children, our nation, and the driver who cut us off in traffic as well!

Our hearts will swell with confidence (Psalm 42,) and will be found in hope . . . oh the glory of this thought! . . . even upon our death beds! (Proverbs 14:32)

How shall we cultivate hope today in this blessed Abbey, this monastery of the heart? Let us take a look at our list of burdens and misgivings, of failures and shortcomings, and commend them, one by one, to HOPE!

"Greener Pastures"
photo by Kerry

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