2024 March Article

   Grace and peace to you!


   As many of you know, last week I spent much of my time home sick. The crud that had been going around town, and our church, had finally caught up with my wife and I. This one was nasty and seemed to hit me hard! Like most people, I do not like being sick with fever, headache, body aches, chills, and coughing, coughing, coughing...


   In the depths of any illness, I know sometimes things can seem fairly hopeless. I’m not exempt from that feeling as well. One afternoon, while I was lying there in bed feeling somewhat hopeless, not wanting to sleep anymore, but yet not wanting to get up either, I was lamenting this cold in my head. Then I heard a noise on the windowsill and some chirping. I got up and moved the shade so I could look out the window, and there on the sill was a beautiful red cardinal on the other side of the glass looking at me. It hopped a few steps down the sill and looked up at me. Then it hopped back and looked at me again. Then a female cardinal joined him on the ledge.


   Maybe this is the fever talking, but I’m pretty sure she was there to remind him to get back to work and finish the honey-do list he was neglecting by hanging around with me. It was clear she wanted that nest finished. When I saw them I had to smile. On any other day I might have overlooked that sight, but on that day, it was exactly what I needed. It reminded me of a saying, “Hope is where you see it.”


   Hope is where you see it, but where are we looking for it? Do we see hope in our lives? Where are we looking? Many people run short of hope from time to time because the world around us only gives us despair. But God has given us a place to find hope in the Scriptures, i.e. the Bible, to give us hope. “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).


   In the Bible we can read many stories about people who found hope – hope worth living for. Are you looking for hope? Open your Bible and read God’s word of hope. “Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed,” (Isaiah 49:23).


   I will close with another word of hope, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit,” (Romans 15:13).


   God’s blessings to you! 

   Pastor Rob