My Hope is Built

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If last week was a color it would definitely be grey.

You know those days/weeks when life just doesn't go as you planned? That was last week for us. I felt like every where I looked I found pain, suffering, disappointment.

Last week a lot went wrong in our world.

The Mister's grandaddy was hospitalized with meningitis. I had two friends miscarry babies. Friends' dating relationships going amuck. Things at my alma mater weren't going well. On facebook I read about deaths, divorces, and all sorts of other crazy drama going on. A man got nationally attacked and ridiculed for his faith. The realization of our religious freedoms are dwindling hit me hard. Almost everywhere I turned I saw loss, hurt, pain. And in the dreariness of it all I was reminded of a good lesson I learned not long after I lost a close college girlfriend of mine: Our world is broken and in need of restoration. And restoration is coming. It is coming people! He is coming. Correction, He has come and is coming again!  And when He comes again, he will restore all that is broken and has been broken since those days in the garden when a woman momentarily forgot the goodness of Her creator. And this God-man who restores, he is our hope.

It's Monday. Last week is gone, although the consequences of living in a fallen world are still here. Let me encourage you today to put your hope in the one who can restore. The one who makes all things new. The one who is coming again. Christian brothers and sisters, our faith and hope are not in things seen, but unseen. In this world of so many unknowns, let us feast on the truths that we know to always be constant.

A few truths that I found myself clinging to last week:

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. - Col. 1

And then I found this adorable print on Etsy the other day and it reminded my of an old hymn that I love.

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I pray these old words encourage you this week to place your hope in Him who all things are made and all things are restored.

My Hope is Built

Words by Edward Mote

My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

When darkness seems to hide His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand; All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, His blood, Support me in the whelming flood. When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my Hope and Stay.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand; All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh may I then in Him be found. Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand; All other ground is sinking sand. On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand; All other ground is sinking sand.

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Much love,

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Posted on January 14, 2013 and filed under The Mister.