The Thrill of Hope

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about hope this Christmas. The following is a version of a quick write up I did for our church’s blog:

I slid out of the shelter of our warm car into the dark night. The cold air hit me in the face. I paused for a brief second and took in the stars in the clear night sky. “Wow!” I thought “when was the last time Ben and I went somewhere on a Sunday night? I’m actually alive again!” And then I hurried to keep up with my husband heading toward the CCA School Gym for their Chorale Program.

The year of 2022 for me has been some incredible highs and some pretty significant lows. Obviously getting married and enjoying settling into a new role has been a high.

My health took a turn in May and I’ve struggled ever since. Finally in November we discovered a misdiagnosis and after a routine gallbladder removal surgery, I feel my old self returning.

I am so excited and thankful!

But as I’m rebounding, I’m looking at the Kendra from a month or two ago and I’m realizing the difference in the despair/hopelessness I was combatting versus now. It sounds dramatic to say I was at a place of “no hope” but we weren’t getting answers and I was thoroughly discouraged.

Hope surges through me- maybe I won’t be stuck in those holding patterns of no energy, pain, and uncertainty, forever. Thank you, Jesus!

So many friends have come beside us during this time and prayed fervently and God has answered those prayers. This season of HOPE is extra meaningful to me.

Hope according to Oxford means “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”

And scripture is full of exhortations to hope:

Psalms 42:11 ~Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Romans 5: 3-4~ Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Romans 12:12 ~ Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Hebrews 11:1 ~ Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

While I’m guessing your list of highs and lows in ‘22 will look differently from mine, I’m sure there are reasons for joy and reasons to long for hope. Whatever your low is, don’t despair. You are not alone. Our loving Heavenly Father wants to walk through it with you and offer you HOPE!

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining

It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A THRILL OF HOPE THE WEARY WORLD REJOICES

FOR YONDER BREAKS A NEW AND GLORIOUS MORN

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!

O night divine, O night when Christ was born

O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!

O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!

Romans 15:13 ~ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Praising Him,

Kendra

Bonus Pics:

My Dollar Tree decor reminds me to hope every time I walk through the door. Also it was 0° this morning. We’re hoping for a warmer new year 😂

Merry Christmas from our home to yours! Thanks for tagging along and being interested in our lives ❤️

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