Since Covid-19 my reading list has expanded. That is a good thing because just about everything I read is somehow related to church. Let me say it this way – just about everything I read is through the lens of it being applicable to work and church usage. Just like there is “no crying in baseball” I learned that there is “no fun reading in church work.” It’s not like I’m now reading trash (which I have no idea what that means either) but what I’ve been reading has very limited pertinence to my daily activities. But every once in a while I come across a thought that reminds me who I am. I make note of it and think “what a great thought I can actually use this at church.” That’s exactly what occurred. I made notice of an interesting thought from Kelly Rimmer’s novel “The Things We Cannot Say”. Briefly, it’s a historical fiction novel written with alternating narratives that entwine family life past – Poland in 1940’s and then the modern day. I have not yet finished, so no worries I can’t ruin it for you. Also, I think it won the Girly Book Club Award, if that actually is a real thing. Alina, one of the main characters, says… “I need my hope to mark me.” I sat (in my chair) with this thought. There’s a part of me still sitting, pondering what mark do I need to live as God desires? For me, the pondering is not about what others may see as my mark (or even what I want others to see) but rather what is it that I need to see to keep living and moving and growing regardless of the external circumstances that I may experience or the issues I may encounter? What is in me that I need to remember to help me be me?
Scripture Reading: Romans 15:13
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
What is your mark and what does it say about you?
How is God filling you with hope?
What does abounding in hope mean to you?
Prayer: Holy God, keep me in your presence and let me abound in your goodness. Help me to remember each day who I am and who you are. Amen.
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