Hope in a Hopeless World

I was talking to a family friend tonight, a fireman, and I made a joke as I always do about single Christian young men (you know, just in case the one I’m waiting for fights fires šŸ˜‰ )

I’m not sure he understood the reason for the question but his “uh, not really Christians” answer gave me pause.

Recalling that Cousin’s husband, a paramedic, had once commented that his field & the fire fighting field you wouldn’t find a lot of believers.

And, I thought, how sad. For my field, which is notoriously lacking in faith filled people, and for their fields.

Surrounded by hurt, pain, brokenness, darkness, hatred, evil, and unknown each day, how do these people do it without faith? How?

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“The work is too heavy…you cannot handle it alone” – Exodus 18:18

As I shared on Instagram with my Bible study time last night, I know I can’t do it alone. It’s in my weakness, His strength is shown; in my limitation, His limitlessness is revealed.

Though some see faith as weakness, I have to be the container for the hopelessness of the hopeless. I’ve sat with & cried with so many who haveĀ no hope. I have wrestled with knowing my life may be the only light in theirs. And, it takes an incredible amount of strength to stand in faith at those times.

This field He has called me (and my firefighter friend, and Cousin’s husband) to is not for the faint of heart. And, sometimes, those of us in it need support and/or extra faith.

And, honestly, I can’t imagine being hope in a hopeless world without the Source of Hope. It just wouldn’t be possible.

Light

Hello again! Back from another hiatus…life is so crazy busy. That’s why I love 5 Minute Fridays. 5 minutes is pretty easy to spare.

With today being Good Friday, the topic chosen is Light.

So, here I go, writing for 5 minutes, no over-thinking & minimal edits.

Ready? GO!


Today’s topic is light. And, today it seems all around me. The sun is shining and The Son reigns in my heart.

Though, I haven’t been spending as much time with HimĀ as I should, today He is reminding me how blessed I truly am. How He has come through time and time again. How my anxiety or lack of faith never nullifies His faithfulness (Romans 3:3-4).

I know I am blessed if for no other reason than over 2000 years ago, He hung on a cross, bloodied and beaten in order to save my soul. He pleaded to have that fate pass from Him, but in the end, His greatest desire was to do His Father’s will and save me (Luke 22:39-44).

If this picture is familiar to you, He did this for you, too. Take heart, dear one, in knowing that your soul is redeemed by His blood… If this picture is unfamiliar to you, He did it for you, too. Regardless of knowing or not knowing, He knew each of you.

Today, as I go through my day, I remember that gift of Light so long ago. It started with God’s first words “Let there be light”Ā and culminated on a Cross, and my redemption symbol: an empty tomb. He Conquered and Rose just for me and you.

Keep that in your mind and heart today as you go about your busy-ness this Good Friday.

Happy Easter All!