Thankfulness: Hope

Shock is the only word I can use to describe my feelings while watching the election be called. I watched with my mouth agape, on the edge of my seat, as the map filled in more and more red; a tide has turned. I went to bed feeling more emotions that I can express to you: concern, confusion, dismay, and surprise to name just a few.

But I awoke this morning feeling hopeful and thankful. I know that today many people are feeling just the opposite, but if you are a Christ-follower there is cause for hope today. Today I am reminded that my hope is not found in a government or a political figure or party or a set of policies or politics; my hope is found in Christ.

Last night I found myself grappling with emotions like fear and worry. I thought about the ramifications of the decisions that have been made. I thought about the hurting people all over this nation and the world, I thought about women and minorities and the poor and wondered what this meant for them. I feared how my world would change because of our decisions as a nation. But through all my emotions, God was there. As I prayed, as I processed, I felt little pockets of hope being deposited into my heart.

In a nation divided, in a nation that’s mourning, people need hope. And I am immensely thankful for the hope that I have in God.

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

This song is reverberating through my entire being this morning. I am meditating on and thankful for the truths found therein. I am thankful that Christ is my rock, my light, my strength, and that he’s securely on the throne.

I am hopeful today only through Christ. I have hope in the redeeming and transforming power of the cross. I have hope that my God is working for my benefit and the good of all those who love him. I am hopeful that the future is bright for us, though I have no idea how we will get there. I have hope that the Church will rise up and look like the Bride of Christ. I have hope that God’s love extends beyond circumstance and any barrier we put up against it. Despite the circumstances around us, I am hopeful.

Lord, you are worthy of our trust and we hope in you! You are the giver of hope! Forgive us for those times that we’ve hoped in someone or something else; we choose to put our hope in you today. Fill our hearts this morning with hope in you and you alone. Be with us during this time as we process through the events of the past few days. I thank you that you are bigger than anything that man can do. Amen!

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