This week’s article is written by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
One of my favorite Bible verses is from Paul’s letter to the Romans, Chapter 5, verses 3 through 5: “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (NIV) With this depth of belief, Paul was able to not only work through his problems, but to actually rejoice in them.
God gives us the power to persevere through our sufferings, for we are supported by our faith and our prayers … and many times by the prayers of others. This strengthens our resolve and our character through positive thinking. Then hope appears. We see the light at the end of the tunnel. How wonderful is the assistance of the Holy Spirit God has given us.
Some time ago, a quote about hope appeared in our “in basket.” Here it is:
“Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so powerful as hope. With hope, one can think, one can work, one can dream. If you have hope, you have everything.”
Let us pray for the power of hope.