Inspiring Hope

I am grateful to Rev. Hipp and Rev. Cattenhead who helped us reflect on what it means to believe and have hope. Sometimes we take these for granted, as if being a Christian means we're perfect in believing and hoping. I am not and I've met plenty of others who are not, as well.

I have, however, met plenty who believe and hope at levels that inspire. Lying in a hospital bed before surgery, I'm thankful for those who believe that God is going to work through the medical team to bring healing. Standing before an altar, it's exciting to see people filled with hope that they will have a long and meaningful marriage.

Yesterday, 12 eighth graders inspired by standing before us and believing enough in Jesus to claim him as their Savior and to want to serve him as their Lord. They are hopeful that their life given to him will mean a life worth living.

Those of us who've been at this for a while can point to times when we have believed strongly and other times when we've struggled to believe, but, taken as a whole, most of us would say that giving our lives to Jesus has led to a life worth living. If you haven't taken the time to do so today, I encourage you to give today to Jesus. Offer him this day, as part of your ongoing offering to him your life.

Some faithful women and men are giving this week to Jesus by preparing for the UMW Yard Sale. They will spend the week setting things up so that by 7:00 p.m. Thursday you can come to the Preview Sale ($10/ticket) and get first selection on the many treasures that have been donated.

The Yard Sale is open to the general public (for free) from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday. Thank you to those who have given items and to those who are giving time to this worthwhile project, as well as to those who will shop. All forms of participation will result in more financial support for worthwhile missions.

With you, offering Jesus this day,