The Promise Effect: Wednesday, Week 2

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
                                                T.S. Eliot
“Behold, I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
                                        Luke 24:49 

I find myself asking, “Do I create situations that give others a sense of hope?  Do I plant seeds of hope so that people live with a sense of greater expectation, a greater sense of anticipation, a greater sense of eagerness and passion?  As a boss, do I bring hope to this workplace, so my employees wake up in the morning eager to start, because they know their work matters?  As a father, do I do things around the house that make it a place that inspires my children to dream?

One of the great themes of scripture is promise.  Throughout the Bible we see example after example of God granting promises to various people.  Noah is promised that God will never again destroy the earth.  Abraham is given the promise that his descendants will be numerous.  Moses is assured that the “promised land” will one day be claimed.  Promises are given by God as a means of providing hope.  A life rooted in hope allows God’s partners to persevere in the most difficult of circumstances. (The Promise Effect, pgs. 55, 56)

Reflect and Discuss

Think about the people in your life who need hope.  The sick, the addicted, the grieving.  Students, mothers, laborers.  What message of hope could you deliver to one of them?  And how will you deliver it?  By spoken word or written word?  With a hug, a song, or even a postcard?

Do this once, to one person, this week.  Then see if you can do it again for someone else.  Find the joy of being a “person of hope” in your world.    

Pray
Gracious God, thank you for the gift of promise—a gift that allows us to hope for a better world, a better life, and a better future.  Help us to hold onto your promises when we feel like letting go.  Grant us the courage to move forward in promise, knowing that you will fulfill the promises you have made to your people.

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