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Dare To Hope

Dare To Hope

10 September 2009

Scripture:

17 Peace has been stripped away, and I have forgotten what prosperity is. 18 I cry out, “My splendor is gone! Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost!” 19 The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. 20 I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. (Lamentations 3:17-20 NLT)

These words from Jeremiah’s Lamentation seem like they were written for the people I interact with everyday. People I know well in the US and around the world have experienced huge economic and emotional loss over the past few months. Once-secure jobs lost, businesses failed, retirement investments evaporated, property gone, homes foreclosed. For many it’s a time of despair. For some it’s a time of re-evaluation, re-calibration, and a fresh start on a life built on different values. In the depths of despair, a ray of hope shines through!

The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! I’ve written out Lamentations 3:21-33. I’ve read this four times already today and it says it all. Please take a few moments to read these words slowly and thoughtfully. I pray that you will find hope and encouragement for yourself and words to share with someone you encounter today.

21 Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: 22 The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” 25 The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him. 26 So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord. 27 And it is good for the young to submit to the yoke of his discipline. 28 Let them sit alone in silence beneath the Lord’s demands. 29 Let them lie face down in the dust; then at last there is hope for them. 30 Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them. Let them accept the insults of their enemies. 31 For the Lord does not abandon anyone forever. 32 Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion according to the greatness of his unfailing love. 33 For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow. (Lamentations 3:21-33 NLT)

Prayer:

Father, have mercy on us because you are merciful. Be faithful to us because you are faithful. Show us compassion because of your unfailing love. May our hearts be lifted up with hope today. May we speak words of hope to those whose hearts are heavy. Amen.

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