Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What Else Is Left But HOPE!

There are times when the events of the world, though not directly impacting my life, seem to be overwhelming.  There is the riot and looting in London, the death of 31 in the helicopter crash, an economy and nation in flux and teenagers on the lam from a shooting.  Oh my goodness, it could cause one to despair!  And then I read this:

But our hope is in the Providence of God, which has protected us until the present, and which will provide, somehow, for our future needs.  ~Saint Mother Theodore Guerin~

Again Hope should reign in our hearts.  For God will not desert us!  I can attest to that for in my life he has rescued me innumerable time.

And too Pope John XXIII tell us:

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.  

If I turn to my favorite Psalm I hear this:

LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
2you know when I sit and stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
3You sift through my travels and my rest;
with all my ways you are familiar.
4Even before a word is on my tongue,
LORD, you know it all.
5Behind and before you encircle me
and rest your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
far too lofty for me to reach.
7Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence, where can I flee?
8If I ascend to the heavens, you are there;
if I lie down in Sheol, there you are.
9If I take the wings of dawn
and dwell beyond the sea,
10Even there your hand guides me,
your right hand holds me fast.
11If I say, “Surely darkness shall hide me,
and night shall be my light”—
12Darkness is not dark for you,
and night shines as the day.
Darkness and light are but one.
~Psalm 139~

Finally,  if I would just listen more intently to the teaching of our Savior, I would hear loudly and clearly, "BE NOT AFRAID!"

And so it is today, I will leave the house and venture into a world that seem so out of control and journey with the Master.  For He is the one who is really in control!

Thanks be to God!



  1. Cathy,
    Thank you for this lovely reflection. It's a great reminder for us to place our hope in God and not on all the troubles in the world right now. My mom always tells me that God is always in control despite how things look on the surface.

  2. Amen! Thank you for the pointer to HOPE!!

  3. Oh Cathy, SOOOOOO TRUE...we must look at what we can do, what we have done and our potential and most of all, to our LORD AND SAVIOR! THANK YOU precious, precious soul for your kind words!!!!!!!

    May you rest always in the truth of His word..Anita

  4. Everything is right. When we look around us everything is chaos and depressing. But God said "do not be afraid" and I cling to these words everyday. Thanks for sharing Cathy!
    Happy Monday!


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