Thursday, Dec. 1 – Lindsay Walters

1 Dec

Week 1: Hope
Today’s Scripture:
Psalm 13
James 5:7-10

A few years ago I had the privilege of taking a spring break trip with Gardner- Webb to Israel. One night while walking through downtown Jerusalem we noticed several emergency vehicles flying by us with sirens on and lights flashing. That night on the news we learned that a terrorist attack had taken place a few blocks from where we were staying, and that eight Jewish seminary students had been shot and killed.

The next day we went to visit the Western Wall, where there was increased security as hundreds of Jews came to mourn the death of these students. The Wall is separated into men’s and women’s sections by a high wall. As I stepped into the women’s area in front of the wall, I just stood in the middle of a group of about a hundred women and watched. Most of the women were praying aloud from Jewish prayer books, swaying back and forth and weeping as they prayed. Others were praying silently, or writing their prayers and entering them into crevices on the surface of the wall.

As I looked around me, I was overwhelmed with both a feeling of sadness and of hope. The sadness came from realizing that these men and women were praying for something that I already had, which was the hope that was given to us through Jesus’s birth, death, and resurrection. As those around me longed for the coming of a savior, I began to thank God for sending his Son as our savior.

In the first few verses of Psalm 13, David cries out to God, asking God to rescue him from sorrow and from the enemy’s triumph over him. However as he waits on the Lord in the midst of suffering, he acknowledges the Lord’s unfailing love and the salvation he offers, just like the women praying next to me at the wall. This week as we focus on hope, we are reminded that we can wait patiently on the Lord, for not only has he not forgotten us, he has provided salvation by sending his Son. Unlike those outside of the body of Christ, our hearts can be joyful because God has already given us hope.

My hope lies in the knowledge that God hears our prayers and cares for our sorrows and concerns. My joy is in the knowledge that because of Jesus, God’s face is not hidden from us, and therefore we can actively participate in the joy of his fellowship and goodness. Thank you for sending your Son so that we can know our sorrow is short-lived and we can now have hope for tomorrow.

-LJW

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5 Responses to “Thursday, Dec. 1 – Lindsay Walters”

  1. Julie Sanders@Comehaveapeace December 1, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    So glad we have this hope Lindsay!

  2. Daniel Thomas December 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    “we can actively participate in the joy of his fellowship and goodness”–so good. thank you, lindsay for putting into words the beauty that is to be found in hope; even when we feel as the psalmist that we don’t have answers

  3. Annie Freeman December 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Beautiful Lindsay! Thank you

  4. Seth Stevens December 2, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    Beautiful!

  5. Matt Renfer December 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Really puts our faith in perspective–a reminder that others aren’t so fortunate to have such a real, personal relationship with our loving Savior. We have what we need in Him here and now to find strength and hope. Thanks for so eloquently reminding us of this.

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