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Hope

This church sermon was from my church was from November 12, 2018. I thought it worth sharing because we all need hope. Cleopus’ wife had just witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion three days before. Neither Cleopus,, nor his wife, recognizes that Jesus is the man talking to them until He has broken bread with them. He disappeared at that moment of recognition.
Luke 24:13-35 A hopeless conversation 13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him. 17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 “What things?” he asked.
Hope is lost “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.
Life: a journey down a road that I never thought I would be on today.
And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
Hope has a foundation 25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. 28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther.
Hope waits for the invitation to enter 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So, he went in to stay with them.
Hope is realized 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem.
Hope grows courage There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
Building hope on anything other than Jesus is a decision to become more and more hopeless.

 

 

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Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

The holiday season is not always a joyful time for everyone, and I have been moved to remind people that there is help. I wanted to remind those that feel terrible and feel that there is no help out there that people do care. The Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273 – 8255. It is free of charge. The number for deaf and hard of hearing is 800-799-4889.  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.

 

Please don’t be afraid to ask because there are times that we all need help, and there is no shame in it! Let me tell you that I have had some bad times. Years ago, a doctor told me that there was little that could be done for me – that my body was was 60 years old, while I was still in my 30’s. My Cerebral Palsy was only going to get worse, and I felt that I was only going to be a burden to my family.  However, there is hope on the other side and I am living proof because I decided to prove that doctor WRONG!! But, it took me digging through and out of a dark hole to reach that other side!

 

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Normal?

Is normal being hurtful and rude?
Is it being thoughtless and crude?
Is it living in fear of losing all we hold so precious and dear?
Is normal feeling ready to constantly burst into tears?
God, give me a new meaning of the word normal,
Help me to be more friendly, compassionate and informal.
Give me faith to conquer the tears I can so easily weep,
And God give everyone a heart full of grace and love to keep,
Remind me and the rest of us that You are here,
ready to wipe away each and every tear!

Not 1 More

I was watching TV today and saw this segment came on called Not 1 More. It is/was about reaching out to those who are addicted. There is a terrible drug pandemic. Heroin is being mixed with elephant tranquilizer these days. But, the people that run this program have gotten off this horrible road and want to help others onto a better path. Life is tough, but it can hold so many beautiful blessings too.
Not 1 More Overdose

Not 1 More Lost Spirit

Not 1 More Grieving Heart.

I was once lost desperately lost,

Lonely and sad because I felt unworthy to be loved

Life was full of tears; too hard to climb above

The pit of dark despair that I found myself in

But I was not to deep to be found, a hand came down

to pull me out and away from the sinking ground.

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