“Weekly Words of Wisdom”

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Now that we have moved to a completely virtual community, it’s more important than ever to make every effort to shore one another up. This is our call as Christians, Americans, and citizens of a broken and hurting world. As I mentioned in my meditation on Sunday, the worship and evangelism committees continue to marvel at the providence of God’s inspiration when we chose this year’s Lenten theme in January: “A Future with Hope”.

Mustering hope on our own is often much harder than when we hear or see something that reminds of God’s very active presence in our lives and in the world. When I was checking headlines on Monday some small little headline and photo caught my eye on PATCH, a NJ local news site. The headline read, “Did you see Monday’s rainbow New Jersey?” The subtitle read: “A break in the bleakness punctuated the skyline Monday night.” By Russ Crespolini, Patch Staff. There was a picture of a rainbow against a house or barn, and truthfully the rainbow seemed…a little washed out. In and of itself, we could say, “missed it, too bad” and keep clicking for more interesting things. But what tickled me was the brief article Crespolini wrote. It began:

“Hope” was how the photographer described the rainbow that punctuated the skyline in various points around New Jersey Monday night.” Instantly, my attitude when from ‘meh’ to YEAH! (The photographer happened to be his wife Geri.)

Yesterday one of our Deacons texted me this photo.

Evidently, they’re being ‘chalked’ all over town in Boonton. Both images are biblical; the rainbow is more obvious than what I see which is ‘stained glass’ on a sidewalk. As we seek to try to find this ‘new normal’ what can you do to spread the gospel of HOPE between now and Resurrection Sunday? The world is yearning to trust in the message of HOPE. I HOPE we are one of the first places people will turn to, to find the HOPE the world desperately needs.

With you in this,

Rev Jen

A Future With Hope: Jeremiah 29:11-13

11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13 When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart,

Daily Reflection

The choir has an anthem that we have sung many times based on this passage. It was written by Craig Courtney in memory of a young woman who was shot and killed 3 months before she was to be married. Her family took great solace in Jeremiah’s words.

I have read many points of view on what these verses mean for Christians today and I think many people think it means God will always fulfill our wishes and dreams. What I take from these passages is that we will continue to have both successes and failures in life; good times and bad; but if we reach out to God at all times He will sustain us. God wants us to seek him in all things and at all times as we live our lives to his glory.

A particularly meaningful part of the anthem I referred to says, “I will bring you out of bondage, to the land I have prepared; I will bring you out of bondage, I will bring you home to me”. I feel a great sense of peace knowing that I can reach out to God at each stage of my life. May that be true for each and every one of us.

Daily Prayer

Heavenly Father; each day brings challenges in our lives. How we handle them makes all the difference. Thank you for being the guiding light that helps us find our way and gives us hope and a future. We need only seek you with all our heart and you will bring us home to you. Amen.

~Lisa Hordnes