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A Word of Hope

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

β€œAnd whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:12-13)

It was one of those days. It started when I forgot to set the alarm the night before. I’m sure you can visualize the next few scenes as they unfolded. I jumped out of bed, yelled for everyone to get up and ran to see if my hair needed to be washed or if I could just pull it back. The bus was about to come, and my son couldn’t find his other shoe. “By the way,” he said, exiting the house, “I need lunch money.” My clothes needed ironing, I couldn’t find my other sock and the car needed gas. By the time I arrived at work, I felt like I already had worked an eight-hour day.


Then it happened. A coworker, who did not know what my morning had been like, saw me, smiled and said, “You look nice this morning!” That is what I needed. I needed those five words to set the rest of the day in motion. It was a great day after all!


What do you need most today? Do you need a word of hope? That’s what we all need. And that’s what the Word of God does that nothing and no one else can do. The Word of God says to us that there is no hopeless situation and no hopeless relationship.

My coworker, through her words, turned my day around that day. Do your actions and words build up or tear down?  If you allow God’s Word to anchor your soul, it will “dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16)


Where is your hope? It is confidence in the Word of God.

Dear God,

You never promised us that this world would be easy.

And yet, all of us can turn to Your Word and have hope.

Help us to put into practice Your timeless truths.

Most of all, God, thank You for loving us. Amen.

Denise Kuiper
Health Information, Avera Medical Group Sibley

COLOSSIANS 3:12-17 ● PSALM 150:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6 ● LUKE 6:27-38

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