Sharing Our Faith Together

Our Hope Is In Christ.

by Janice Muessig 30 July 2022
First published 21/9/2020. We continue to post new thoughts but hope you find encouragement and blessing from revisiting some we have previously published.

1 Peter 1:3-5 - Praise to God for a Living Hope

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

When you feel cast down and despondently sad
And you long to be happy and carefree and glad,
Do ask yourself, as I often do,
Why must there be days that are cheerless and blue?
Why is the song silenced in the heart this day
And then ask God, “What makes life this way?”
And His explanation makes everything clear,
The soul has its seasons the same as the year,
Man, too, must pass through life’s autumn of death
And have his heart frozen by winter’s cold breath
But spring always comes with new life and birth
Followed by summer to warm the soft earth
And, oh, what a comfort to know there are reasons
That souls, like nature, must too have their seasons,
Bounteous seasons and barren ones, too,
Times for rejoicing and times to be blue
For with nothing but sameness how dull life would be
For only life’s challenge can set the soul free,
And it takes a mixture of both bitter and sweet
To season our lives and make them complete.

Song: In Christ Alone // Sounds Like Reign

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Heavenly Father, as we look to you for hope, may we be filled with your Holy Spirit. Comfort and help us to receive all you have for us, give us your peace. Amen