Tuesday, Nov. 27 – Martha Flowers

27 Nov

Tuesday, November 27 – HOPE

Today’s Scripture:
Psalm 80:1-7

Romans 5:1-11

I was six years old in 1929 – and excited – it was Christmas.  With great hope, I got up early and shivered into the living room to see what Santa Claus had left under the tree – nothing?!?!  Only candy and fruit in my stocking?!  I’ve never forgotten my shock and disbelief.

In this season of hope, I still have to remind myself: Am I looking for the package or the bundled baby?

David and Paul laid their hope on the foundation that they had seen God do what he said he would do and that in their own lives they had allowed him to do what he said he could do.  Not the anemic – “I hope God will help me feel better tomorrow.” But the dynamic hope that says with John in I John 3 that we rest in the hope that when we see him we will recognize him because we will be like him.

In this life, we cannot expect to be always healthy, wealthy, and wise. Paul reminds us in Romans 5 – while we hope to be in God’s presence someday, the same hope brings us into his presence now, through the Holy Spirit, because he loves us.

This is why Paul can tell the Philippians that he has learned to be content in all circumstances.  Paul isn’t hoping for a better tomorrow for himself but is living each day in the hope that God is using all things (circumstances) for good. We may never see his kingdom come on earth, but we can be part of the coming.

“And these three remain; faith, hope, and love – But the greatest of these is love.”

Yes, agape love – the kind of love that would do anything to bring hope to anyone in need of it.  See – that baby in the manger.

After her dad lost his battle with Parkinson’s, my daughter Elin wrote this to remind us that, after all, he had won:

Kick up your heels and share this dance,

It’s been so long now, here’s my chance,

To show off my new dancing shoes,

In this fine body that’s never been used!

Hear that song, it’s just for me.

Let’s do a little jig I’m finally free!

I’m laughing now and talking clear,

Now calm your heart to you can hear,

My song celebrating my coming in,

Free of pain, free of sin,

You’ll see me soon; you will see,

When you’ll kick off your shoes and dance with me.

“Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ (blood) love and righteousness.”

I pray that your hope is to join in that joyous dance when you, too, have won.

-MJF

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2 Responses to “Tuesday, Nov. 27 – Martha Flowers”

  1. dthomas96 November 27, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    “We may never see his kingdom come on earth, but we can be part of the coming.”

    whew. that’s good.

  2. mattydubb3 November 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Amen, Martha. Thank you for such wise and beautiful words.

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