Our Future Hope Haiku

Jesus, Our Hope, our Future

Jesus is our hope,
When we find we just can’t cope
Our future secured.
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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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ABC Poem – What the World Needs More Of……

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A = Abundant hope, health, faith, joy and love

B = Beginnings anew like the freshness of Spring,

C = Comforting words to calm the anxious mind and heart,

D = Daring to soar like eagles

E= Exalting people with words and deeds,

F = Faith the size of mustard seeds to move great mountains (Luke 17:6).

G= Grace to try to forgive

H = Humbleness is not weakness, but strength.

I = Inner peace and contentment.

J = Joyous laughter that fills the room.

K= Kindness and empathy.

L = Love and loyalty aplenty.

M = Majestic beauty appreciated

N = New creation, new attitude.

O = Obedience in greater measure

P = Pondering before doing something regretful

Q = Quell the impulse to hurt others

R = Radiant smiles to brighten the day.

S = Sweet serenity of the spirit

T = Taking time to appreciate blessings

U = Understanding that we all have trouble in our lives.

V = Vicarious joy watching kids play.

W = Wonder as we look up at the sky.

X = Xanthous is the color of the sun on a fun summer day. Enjoy it!

Y = Youthful exuberance is a gift we should all share.

Z = Zest for love, hope, faith and life

Faith as a Child

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Faith as a Child

Wee ones love magic,

That becomes hope in Jesus,

In an open heart.

 This haiku reminds me of this sweet verse:

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3.

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Haiku Horror & Nightmare

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His Love Wins

To Mary’s horror,

 Jesus born in a manger was

King Herod’s nightmare.

 

Jesus, no earthly King,

Herod murdered infants, his sins

But Jesus’ Love Wins!

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Casting Your Cares

1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you.” English can be very inadequate at times. The word as a verb, “cast”, has a much more literal meaning in Greek than I ever thought. It means to to throw away or to fling away from you. One article I read described it as dumping our worries and anxieties onto God. That made me a little guilty because I really do not want to dump my problems onto people.164caoceanside But, as a parent, don’t I want to help my child with problems if I can?  Sure, I do! That is the same way that God feels about you and me! When I was a little girl, I went with my Grandpa several times to fish off the pier in Oceanside, CA. Last night, I remembered how my Grandpa would beautifully and smoothly cast his fishing pole into the ocean, far away from him. I recalled wanting to do it just like him, but I didn’t have the knack or experience. Every time I tried to cast my pole, the hook would catch on my wheelchair or on the pier itself. But, Grandpa helped me do it. He was a very special man who taught me many life lessons, even about casting my cares! He always had a way of sharing God’s love!  Years later, there were signs up not to cast your poles anymore when the new pier was built!