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Deathbed Confessions

Hope for the Holidays

This recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.  Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.  "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I hope in Him!" (Lamentations 3:21-24 NKJV)

The holiday season is now upon us officially.   Sadly for some, this is the most depressing time of year.  Maybe finances are low, maybe feelings of another year gone by without accomplishing anything, or maybe a feeling of loss over a loved one passed on, among other things - all separately or combined, mixed with the emotional feelings and memories of Christmas' past, can weigh on anyone.

What then can provide us hope for a better tomorrow?  My faithful readers know what I will answer.  Although not simple and not a quick fix, a living relationship with God, the Creator of the universe, through His Son, will provide us with all we need to get us through any circumstance of life. Please dear friends, if you are suffering, don't think I'm minimizing your pain.  I merely want to provide a glimpse of hope.  God promises it to us. 

I'm finishing with a prayer that I found in Billy Graham's Decision magazine this month.  It was at the end of an article written by Ken Gire and I believe it was also written by him.  I hope it brings you hope, no matter what your circumstance may be.

A PRAYER FOR HOPE

Dear Lord,

     Help me to hope again.  Help me dare to hope again.

When my hopes are dashed, help me to realize that my security is not in a place of worship or in a system of worship.  It is not in the peace of my circumstances or the prosperity of my surroundings.  It is not in the strength of the convictions inside me or in the capabilities of the people around me.

    It is in You alone, O Lord.

    Should there come a day when everything I once leaned on for security lies in ruins, help me to lift up my eyes from the ashes and look to You.

    May it dawn on me then that Your unfailing love, Your faithfulness and Your mercies together make up the cornerstone of hope upon which I can rebuild my life.

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