My apologies to Kim...
This was given to me and I was going to post the week of Christmas...on my first day back after the holiday I realized I never posted it...
Kim is a survivor...not only of cancer but of life...
Here ya go... I know Kim would enjoy hearing your comments...
HOPE in a season of Christmas (by: Kim Ousley)
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
Hope is defined as a feeling that what is desired has an expected outcome.
It is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and life circumstances in one’s life.
Hope for a cure.
Hope for healing.
Hope for things both seen and unseen.
Hope for Reconciliation. Hope for Courage. Hope for Comfort.
Hope that the challenging times will not last.
Hope for long-suffering to end.
The world lets us believe that HOPE is something dreamed of but not necessarily achieved.
God gives a living HOPE through the birth and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ.
The Three Wise Men trusted that God would lead them to the hope of witnessing the miracle of seeing the future King of the Jews that would lead their people toward a hope for a better tomorrow.
The heart of the Christmas story is that His light shines brightest in the darkness.
That’s where God enters our lives…in the darkness…showing us the way to light, guiding us towards love, and demonstrating how to overcome shadows and blackness.
Trust His everlasting light.
As we go through the busyness of getting ready to celebrate the holiday, let us remember those who are struggling to believe and accept that HOPE is out of reach for them as life has put them through a season of grief, sadness, despair, and struggles beyond their ability to see the good in all the suffering.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:17-18).