My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Monday, December 3, 2012
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy
(Romans 15:13 NASB)
The God whom we serve is a God of hope, a hope which we receive
through the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul knew that all of humanity,
no matter their circumstances needed hope. Life on this earth has never
been easy for Christ's followers and the need for hope has always
existed. Hope results in a life filled with joy and peace as we
At this time of year people are looking for hope, joy and peace.
Just today I've been watching the news with pictures coming out of Syria
and young children running from gunfire. We do not live in a world of
peace, but rather in a world of war. Humanity's self-centeredness leads
to a place where there is no hope, no joy and no peace. With childlike
faith the following song became popular in Russia during a time when
peace was very tenuous:
May there always be sunshine
May there always be blue skies
May there always be momma
May there always be me
What does hope and peace and joy look like for a small child? Days
where you can look up and see the beautiful blue sky which is not dotted
with the clouds of war and that your mother remains by your side. As
we head into this Christmas season we often speak of a desire for peace.
What does peace look like for a follower of Jesus Christ? When the
clouds of life come rolling in and we feel discouraged, may we be able
to look heavenward and see the glory of the Lord, and may the presence
of the Holy Spirit overwhelm us just at the loving embrace of a mother
who remains steadily by our side through the thick and thin of life.
That's the hope that we have during this Christmas season that was all
made possible through the coming of Jesus Christ. His arrival in human
flesh brought the reality of real hope to all of humanity through the
gift of his Holy Spirit. May the hope, joy and peace of God, which is
greater than anything created by human hands overwhelm and flood our
hearts this Advent season.
Lord, thank you for the hope which we have in you. Amen.