I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Blessed Hope



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DreamingYou Day #31
At the time this was written we had just received notice of a dear friend's passing. He had lived his life on earth in closeness to Jesus, from his youthful conversion through several years as a pastor and on through the painful cancer that eventually took his life. He clung to hope-- at first he hoped that he would be healed, and then as that seemed remote, he hoped to have all the Bible promises answered: that he would see Jesus come in the clouds and be taken to Heaven with him. For his lovely wife of over fifty years, the hope of again seeing him, both of them in the vigorous health of their youth, is a strong sustainer through the grief.


Thinking Work:Take out your pen and paper. Do you have hope of something much better than what you are currently experiencing? Is the hope that you have clouded by worries or really difficult circumstances? Write down all your current worries and whatever situations you see as impossible to overcome. Now, as in Isaiah 40:31, see yourself as a strengthened eagle rising above all the concerns and worries you have listed. Do a brief sketch of this. (You don't have to be "artistic" about it-- just make an image that you can return to in your mind when you begin to feel discouraged and 'hopeless'.)
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.

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