Faith, Hope and Love

It seems incredible to me that we are almost half way through January.  I’m still correcting my dates from 2021 to 2022!  

We’ve been through a lot in 2021, and 2022 is not shaping up as I had hoped.  This year is starting to look like 2020, version 3.0!  

It is said that there is nothing permanent but change, and these past 22 months have certainly kept us on our toes.  I feel like the cowboy who has been ordered to dance, enforced by bullets flying at his feet!  I’m dancing as fast as I can, but it still feels like I’m not keeping up.  Do you feel that way too?

And yet, I have so much to be grateful for!  We have not gotten sick, not even a cold.  We have a roof.  We are warm. We have enough to eat.  We can pay our bills.  We have people to love and who love us.  And, most importantly, we have, through Scripture, the BIG picture that puts all this mess into perspective.  

We are not home…yet.  The cosmic battle between good and evil has been decided.  We are just living in the “mopping up” period.  We are in the ambiguous time between the “time of promise” and “not yet.”  We are waiting in hope for the King of the Universe to return and restore us and this world to the original perfection of Creation. 

What to do in the meantime?  Love.  God IS love, and those that are His will be like Him.  

John 13:34, 35

“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

There is so much hate in the world.  Don’t fall for it.  Hate is easy because you can do it all by yourself.  Love is hard, because you can’t.  You MUST rely on the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit in your life to order to love.  The good news is that the Holy Spirit is the gift God wants most to give us.  He knows what we need, and He has given us every requirement to live and thrive right into eternity.

This year, 2022, is just the first year of what’s next!

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