Recently we asked our kids a compelling question: What is your hope?
Some of them told us about their hopes and dreams for the future. Some shared what they hope to gain at Bethel. And some of our kids shared really big hopes and dreams – major league dreams!
As the discussion got deeper, our kids began to share more tender hopes:
- The hope that a crisis would be resolved so they can be reunited with a family member or legal guardian.
- For a grandmother’s heart to be fixed by surgery.
- To one day meet in Heaven the parent they have never known on earth
Holding on to Hope
One of our alumni, a firefighter named Allen Green, shared in a recent interview how he found hope while growing up at Bethel. He shared this Bible verse:
“… we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)
It is a powerful verse to hold on to during difficult times, especially when we have trouble understanding God’s plan for us in the midst of heartbreak, loss or suffering.
In the Flood or the Fire
If today you are facing difficult circumstances, I want to leave you with this song “I Have This Hope,”
by Tenth Avenue North. It was written during a time of great spiritual need, when one of the band members learned his sister-in-law had cancer.
It puts a voice to the yearning we find in our own hearts. It reminds us that even in the floods and fires of life, God is with us and will not let go.
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