Posted tagged ‘hope’


September 16, 2013

I was lying in bed tonight unable to sleep. I begin to think of worldly things. Jobs, cars book sales and so on. Soon I tired of that and I begin to think of religious things.

               That didn’t take too long. The truth is I am not very religious. Sometimes I wish I were. Many people seem to get a lot of comfort from religion.

               Next, I began to think of spiritual things, first I thought about faith. That was when it came to me. I am short in that area. The Bible says if you just have as much as a mustard seed, you can move mountains. I have never had much luck at moving mountains I must confess.

               Next, I thought about hope. Again bad news. Many times in my life, I either used all mine or simply couldn’t find it. I was getting a little paranoid by this point. I ask myself exactly what did I have.

               That’s when it came to me. I have been blessed repeatedly with grace. When my faith wouldn’t move mountains, His grace did. When I ran out of hope, He poured out some more grace.

               I suppose the truth is I love grace.  It may be a lazy man’s faith for all I know. I am only for sure that I enjoy being in it. I am like a kid playing in the rain.

I even know where Graceland is. Guess what it isn’t outside of Memphis. It is that little area right behind Christ. That is where I go hide when I run out of hope and don’t seem to be able to mustard up any faith.

               If you haven’t you should try it sometimes. It’s like being in a storm shelter. All hell is breaking loose around you. There you are standing in peace that surpasses all understanding.

Tell you the truth my prayer life isn’t even that great. Most of the time it is simply me asking Jesus can I stand in Graceland for a while.

               It’s sort of like taking your big brother to a fight and He is bigger, smarter, braver, and more wonderful than anyone else is there. I am going to bed now. Before I go to sleep, I am going to ask Jesus to rain down some grace one everyone that reads this.



January 5, 2011

I am so glad to get back to normal. I love the holidays, yet the first week of January is my favorite.

Kids go back to school, and all the turkey sandwiches are gone. In my case I have stuffed down the last chocolate covered cherry until next Christmas.

There is something spiritual about this first week. It is as if we are once again given hope. You have a whole year ahead of you to make something positive happen. Last year and all its problems have come and gone. True you may still be wresting with them but for some strange reason you know they belong in last year and not this new year.

I am not so naive that I don’t know by February life will have down loaded all sorta new stuff to deal with. Still though I am going to enjoy this day and dream of how great 2011 is going to be.

I am going to spend the day seeing myself healthy and wealthy. I might imagine that I am setting on a warm beech. I‘ll travel to the mountains. Who knows I may land in New York again. I will ride the subway looking at all the unique people. They will even look back at me out of the corner of their eyes. They will never speak or even allow an expression to cross their face that they find me odd setting on their train.

If I can make myself believe enough I may also find myself on the fifty yard line in Dallas. It will be the Super Bowl and yes the Saints will be playing.

Today is a day I set aside each year to daydream.

Please don’t write me and slap me in the face with reality. I am sure tomorrow will take care of that. Today I am free.

Have a great day and a great New Year.



February 17, 2010

Hope is my sister’s middle name. If ever there was a child born that should have had the right to give up hope it was she. Yet God refused to take it back. With this one small blessing, she pulled herself to life. As far as I can determine she still holds to this slender unseen blessing that God gives each of us.

If you have never heard the word, Jesus Christ or God you still have witnessed hope. God wanted us to have hope, so much he wrote it throughout creation. The wild flowers die every fall but no matter how cold the winter they return in the spring.

No matter how cold and dark your circumstances are, spring will arrive on the strong shoulders of hope.

Hope rides on the wind. The sick breathe it in and know healing. It floats on the sun, the blind feel it and see. God paints hope on the smiling faces of children. The brokenhearted notice it and become whole.

The grave cannot destroy hope. It is simply a resting place for our tired bodies. From there Our spirits are free to sore into eternity on the wings of hope.

Looking back at my life, I remember three times I was sure I had lost all hope.

Each time a new day broke reminding me that God was still in charge. When God is in charge there is hope.

I have never heard it said but I wonder if Hope is also God’s middle name. When we call out to Him, we also call out for hope. When we hope we stir the spirit that dwells within us.

My prayer for you today is that you will embrace hope. In doing this you will embrace God.

If you are a little low on hope today try this. Give what hope you have to someone. Hope like love multiplies each time you give it away freely.

With God, all things are possible. With God there is hope.