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2 of 7: Hope

light-hope_00332387Wasn’t it just Halloween? Suddenly, we’re a whole month past that – past the days of gratitude and into the shortest, darkest days of the year. Just how did that happen? That old adage of “time flies” certainly seems appropriate these days. Wake up in the morning, do half of what was on the day’s list, and before you know it, the yawns signal that it is time for sleep again. Time is hastening by at speeds unknown on this side of heaven. I feel very small at times like these.

“I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant…” Gen 32:10a

It is times like these I understand the word, “humble”. The first Hebrew word in the Bible verse above is “katonti”. It literally means “I am small”, Jacob said these words as he was returning home to re-unite with Esau after 22 years. It was a time of thanksgiving for Jacob. He was hoping for a thanksgiving dinner – a time with the family being all together. I wonder if time seemed like it was flying by for him as well?

During those dark days of travel, Jacob had hope. Hope that his brother had forgiven him. Hope that his gifts would be recieved well. Hope that the family would be together once more. It was the light that filteed through the darkness, lit the path, so that he could keep his feet on the road. Hope.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” 1 Jn 5:14-15

We have Jacob’s hope living in us today. Hope filtering through these dark days in the form of a promise. Hope that our “Brother” will know our name when we walk before our “Father”. Hope that our gifts are recieved well. Hope that there will be a Thanksgiving dinner. Hope that the family will be together once more. This is what the first week of Advent is all about. The 1st of 7 days to concentrate our hope until it forms a point of the Christmas Star.16-shoot-of-jesse2

Awesome Day

What an awesome day. Tortoise back in the driveway (completely mud covered)…dogs to lake (completely wet and yappy)…watered my gardens (completely blossoming)….teeth cleaned (completely healthy)…found”Fred’s” subs (completely needed)…thunder storm (completely loud and raging)…finished a book (completely cover to cover)…played ball with dogs (completely tail-wagging and panting)…and now Pillow Talk with Doris Day and Rock Hudson (completely hokey, sappy and wonderful). As the old song goes…”I think I like it here”.

Albert Einstein once observed, “A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.”

Einstein was pretty wise. We walk through this world making decisions every minute of every hour of every day of every year not realizing how even the smallest decision changes the course of our life, the lives of those around us, and in turn, our county, state, nation, world…even though we may never see how one tiny decision does any of that. Quite a heavy responsibility, huh?

Andy Andrews in his book, The Noticer, described wisdom as “…the ability to see into the future, the consequences of your choices in the present.” I like that definition. Chess is like that My husband will tell you I really stink at that game. It’s true. I can see the consequences of my moves, but the idea of applying a strategy does me in every time. I like to do it my way (which doesn’t always work out well – especially in chess).  Same with Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk.  He makes the decision to lie to Doris Day who just happens to be the girl that his best friend likes (been there – done that), and the consequences start to tally up.  Lucky for Rock, this is a romantic 50’s romantic comedy.  He still gets the girl AND keeps his best friend.  I can tell you from experience, that this doesn’t always happen in real life.

In Genesis 26, Esau and Jacob were twins, born to a 60 year old father and mother (ugh – can’t imagine wanting to start raising babies at my age). Esau born first, followed by baby brother who was always holding on to his coat tails (kinda) caused all sorts of problems. The decisions that those family members made continue to vibrate even into our world today. Watch the news. Jewish teenagers kidnapped. Peace talks falling apart. Shells exploding into buildings. Children left on a border. Rapes, murders, wars, etc, etc, etc.

We tend to think our decisions are ours and ours alone. Einstein and Andrews disagreed. God disagrees. From Genesis to Revelations, He impresses upon us, in story after story, people making everyday decisions, and the consequences of those individual decisions.upon the family members, the nation and the world. Through it all, He is the constant. Over and over, he repeats, “Do not be afraid…” Time after time, He establishes a covenant between us and Him. Ever and ever. Repeating: Love, Grace and Mercy.

Today was one of those days when I could reflect back on not being very wise at times…of times making fairly wise choices…and times when I needed His Grace, His Mercy and – most of all – His love. All in all – an awesome day spent in His presence. awesome god