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.”

Reflection Questions:
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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