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Now hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts
by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5.5 (NKJ)
I was now filled to overflowing with HOPE but yet I continued to feel this twinge of disappointment. Lord, my family suffers and we are heavy-hearted. I believe in You and Your eternal Hope so why am I struggling? Such a hard road we were walking. To sit back and watch a loved one slowly ebb away from a broken heart and hopelessness was too hard for this Mom’s heart. I cried out. I prayed. I stood in faith. I clung so hard my knuckles were red and swollen. And, then the phone call came with the news. I knew my loved one would survive. She would have someone to live for. God had taken the brokenness and the ashes of the tragic event and turned it into something beautiful and life-breathing. Hope Wrapped in Blue!
Jesus had been crucified and buried in a borrowed tomb. The mood in Jerusalem was heavy with disappointment. Two of Jesus’ faithful followers were leaving town, walking home to Emmaus. Their faces grim. Their hearts broken and sorely confused. Disappointment cloaked their slumped shoulders. A man joined them as they walked. What are you two talking about that has made you so sad? One of them looked at the stranger as though he were from outer space – “What do you mean? You mean to tell us you don’t know what has been going in Jerusalem?” The two filled him in quickly. They told him about the hope they had in The One who had been crucified and how disappointed they were because they had trusted in Him. Just another disappointment. The journey ended and the two invited The One in for dinner and as they sat down to eat The One broke the bread and blessed it. Lo and behold, The One disappeared! The two looked at each other and said, “IT WAS HIM!!!” Their hope was restored.
Father God, in Jesus’ Name, we are at best, easily disappointed. O God we act brave and courageous when all hell is breaking loose around us but our hearts cave and we react with disappointment. Why? Why not? O Lord have mercy on us. Show us Your grace and be near to these fragile hearts of ours. And, Father, when all is bleak and gray, we are confident that You will appear on the scene, provide the broken bread and renew our HOPE. Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with love and hope and joy. Amen.
Susan Chamberlain Shipe, a writer since the age of eight when she and her neighborhood friend wrote, edited, published, and distributed The Manor News. Things have changed since publishing with the five and dime stamp lettering set! Today, Susan enjoys blogging, writing short devotions and short stories from her empty-nest home in the Appalachian Mountain Range of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwestern North Carolina, which she shares with her husband of thirty plus years, Lowell, and their beloved dog, Sam. Susan can be found musing several times a week at hopehearthome.com