Dear Grace Baptist Church Family,
Last week I mentioned an incident to you from a restaurant that reminded us to have a winsome spirit in relating to others. Today I want to reflect on another incident that impacted me and reminded me of something that all of us, in fact every human being desperately needs: HOPE!
A friend of ours was diagnosed with cancer last Fall. We are close friends of their children and have become close friends with them over the years. His name is Herb Glanzer and some of you have prayed for him over the last few months. He and his wife have walked with the Lord for many, many years. They know the faithfulness of God and their trust in God is strong. Through this trial they have shown a powerful testimony of faith.
To make a long story into a brief one is difficult. So I am going to emphasize a recent event that encouraged me with this topic of HOPE.
Herb has gone through the chemotherapy treatments at the world renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. At the end of his treatments, they made a video and a couple of pictures of something that happens to every person who goes through the program.
The text on the plaque reads:
For generations the ringing of bells has played a significant role in the history and culture of Mayo Clinic. From the carillon atop the Plummer Building to the bell at Mayowood, the Mayo family’s country home, the sound symbolizes our unique sense of community and dedication to the values of respect, compassion and healing—the sound of hope.
Ringing this bell signifies the completion of your course of treatment and shares the sound of hope with others on the journey.
We invite you to join this honored tradition.
This reminded me that as believers, we have the ultimate HOPE. It is found in Jesus Christ, the HOPE of the world. We are always grateful for the treatments available through doctors and in the medical field. But for Herb and his family, there is an even greater hope than those treatments. Jesus is our HOPE! And our hope in Him is not only our future eternal destiny. We will live forever in the presence of the Lord. Yet, there is HOPE in this life.
Day after day we wake up to new mercies (Lamentations 3:22–23 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.). Night after night we pillow our heads with “His song” (Psalm 42:8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.). We even wake up because the LORD sustains us (Psalm 3:5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me).
Yes, our HOPE is Christ—1 Peter 1:3–6
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials”
So, today is a day of HOPE for all of us who know Jesus Christ as our Savior…night, day, morning and eternity—there is HOPE.
As you rejoice in this HOPE, make sure that you share it with others. They need it. You can be the sound of HOPE for them.
Dr. Wynne Kimbrough is the editor of this resource.
Some of the articles are written by him while others are found and shared with permission from the original authors. Some of of these authors wish to remain anonymous.