May 28, 2017
John 17:1-11
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35

Reason for Hope
Easter 6

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John Fitzgerald
"Reason for Hope" by John Fitzgerald

Reason for Hope
by John Fitzgerald
1 Peter 3:13-22

Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the classic Little House on the Prairie series neared an end to her
life. At this juncture she penned an essay about hope in face of the constant current of change. Here is an excerpt from that writing: 

The stream of passing years is like a river with people being carried along in the current. Some are swept along, protesting, fighting all the way, trying to swim back up the stream, longing for the shores they have passed, clutching at anything to retard their progress, frightened by the onward rush of the strong current, and in danger of being overwhelmed. Others go with the current freely, trusting themselves to the buoyancy of the waters, knowing they will bear them up. And so with very little effort, they go floating safely along, gaining more courage and strength from their experience with waves. As each year comes, these waves upon the river bear us further along toward the ocean of eternity, either protesting the inevitable and looking longingly back toward the years that are gone, or with calmness and faith, facing the future, serene in the knowledge that the power behind life’s currents is strong and good. I have determined that whether it is sad to grow old depends on ho we face it. It takes courage to live long successfully, and they are brave who grow old with smiling faces.

I believe Wilder had it right. We will have a much better life if we can maintain an attitude of faith and hope no matter what the circumstances. There is no question that there are periods of swimming in the tide of uncertainty and doubt. If only we can trust that just around the river bend there is an island of God’s providence and blessing to land upon.... >>Click here for the full installment.

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