25th May 2013

God Of All Hope 

“May the God of hope bring you such joy and peace in your faith that the power of the Holy Spirit will remove all bounds to hope.”
Romans 15:13 (Jerusalem Bible)

I’m sure that with me you have tears in your eyes for the beleaguered people of Moore, Oklahoma as they come to terms with the devastation that surrounds them in the aftermath of that huge tornado that clawed its way through their community. Old people, young people, children and animals have all been terrified and hurt and sadly some have died. They have had their homes, schools and communities completely ripped away so that in most cases, nothing remains but a few pieces of wreckage and they stand beside it stunned, tearful, and waiting for reality to kick in, or to wake up from a nightmare. 

It’s hard for us to suffer with them, to feel their pain and anguish but we must seek to do just that, to hope for a brighter tomorrow and a better future for the folks of Moore, Oklahoma. What do we often say? “There but for the grace of God go I!” That’s so true. 

Hope! This is the answer; in the midst of disaster hope is vitally important. Hope will stand up in the storm, hope will be defiant, hope will be tenacious and refuse to become despondent. 

On the other hand, hope is not always strong; sometimes it is small, trembling and fragile because when we choose hope we are going out on a limb. But there is always a place for this small, whispering, and gentle hope; as Christopher Reeve the actor once said, “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible!” George Iles said, “Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark!” And writer, Anne Lamott, puts it; “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.” 

Let’s pray fervently for those dear people in the midst of their bewilderment and sadness; that our great God would fill their lives with his peace and faith and hope for a better future for that small community in Oklahoma. 

God of all hope, we commit this devastated community to your tender care, hold them close and pour out all your amazing blessings upon each and every one of them. Comfort them with you amazing love.

Study by Cliff Neill


 cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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