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A woman went shopping for “Hope.” That was her favorite thing to do. As she entered the gift boutique, her eyes rejoiced over a sign hanging on the wall. Saying, “There’s my hope sign,” and proceeded to purchase it, but as the salesperson wrapped it in a box, the sign broke. The woman exclaimed, “Gee whiz, my hope is busted, but somehow I will repair it. Hope never dies.”
My hope is in God that is invisible, yet invincible.
Where does your hope come from?
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There were three friends…and the first chose to reconcile those who were fighting against each other, as it is said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” The second friend chose to visit the sick. The third went to live in prayer and stillness in the desert.
Now in spite of all his labors, the first could not make peace in all men’s’ quarrels, and in his sorrow he went to the one who was serving the sick and found him also disheartened.
So they went to see the one who was living in stillness and prayer and told him their difficulties. After a short silence, he poured water into a bowl and said to them, “Look at the water,” and it was disturbed. He said, “Look again,” and they could see their faces reflected in the still water.
Then he said, “It is the same for those who live among men; disturbance prevents them from seeing their faults; but when a man is still, then he sees his failings.”
A wise telling from the Desert Fathers.
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A short Story. A day for fishing. Before entering the park, a sign said: “Rise above the storm. There you will find the sunshine.” She wondered why the day got off to a bad start. Tensions rose between two minds. Sunshine, where are you? Emotions unraveling, not seeing eye to eye. This moment shall pass, just laugh it away! Things could be worst. The car was parked at his favorite fishing spot. She unfolded her camping chair in the sunshine and noticed a long log on the river. Are those turtles resting on the log? Indeed, a family of 6 all lined up. She smiled when big papa turtle slid into the water and 2 others followed behind it. Mama turtle and 2 babies laid sunbathing quietly as hours passed. The turtles had erased the woman’s sadness, thanking God for the soothing goodness of gazing at them. Thankfully she prayed, “wish I had the patience of these turtles.” No fish was caught, but by the time the couple arrived home, saying to each other, “I’m sorry” made the rest of the day a winner.
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Once upon a time, two frogs were hunting for food when they fell into a vat of cold cream but couldn’t get out, so they decided to swim in it. One frog got exhausted, gave up and eventually drown. The other one decided to keep moving until he realized the cream turned hard, forming a bump and he finally was able to hop out of the vat-haha!
Isn’t this pretty much what happens when one prays with urgency then quits, or when one endures with fortitude. What’s necessary is to pray with the heart in order to sustain more stamina in praying.
I have been praying a particular intention for a very long time for someone very dear to my heart. Just recently the good Lord intimated to me that my prayer request would be answered, but not right away. I now know that the battle is won and I’m just waiting for the victory to show up…making me a stay-er. I pray that you are a stay-er too.
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A father learned that his son had skipped school. Since the boy had lied to him, the father felt compelled to punish him, instructing him to remain in the attic for 3 days, the boy shuttered in fear. The mother felt tormented because she knew their son would be terribly afraid of the attic. That first night no one could sleep. Eventually the father decided to go to the attic to share with his son the sacrifice of shame, both shared meals together, and laid on the same pillow…a compassionate lesson well taught. The father was well known minister S.D. Gordon who said,
“Prayer strikes the winning blow; service is simply picking up the pieces.”
Didn’t Jesus do the same for us? He became the scapegoat for sin in the world.
“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” –Matthew 20:28
This heartfelt story encourages me to be more forgiving.
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Such is this tale of a black and gold box…
“I have in my hands two boxes, which God gave me to hold.
He said, “Put all your sorrows in the black box, and all your joys in the gold one.”
I heeded His words, and in the two boxes, both my joys and sorrows I stored. But though the gold box became heavier each day, the black box was as light as before. With curiosity, I opened the black. I wanted to find out why. And I saw at the base of the box a hole, which my sorrows had fallen out. I showed the hole to God, and mused, “I wonder where my sorrows could be!”
He smiled a gentle smile and said, “My child, they are all here with me.”
I asked God why He gave me the boxes. Why the gold and the black with the hole?
“My child, the gold is for you to count your blessing. The black is for you to let go.”
Letting Go and letting God is a comforting mantra.
I hope you enjoy this heartwarming tale by an Author Unknown…it has put a smile on my face, yours too?