Life is a rhythm of seasons, which hope threads together—hopefully. While I look at the vibrant crisp leaves twirling around my neighbourhood, I am amazed at the beauty displayed right out my front window. Autumn is a great season but it gets me a bit panicky. With the fast approaching winter that drops so cold and stays so long, the precursor rarely feels long enough. In our home we are living a “season” familiar to many pastoral couples where the days drag on but the years fly by—parenting young children! This summer my husband and I welcomed our third child to our family and it has been such an adventure of leaning on the Lord. One recent mealtime our two preschool girls were experiencing overwhelming emotions and in need of very present and consistent parenting. With a dinnertime more chaotic than normal we were both feeling exhausted. I chuckled to my husband that we just needed to wait—say, 20 years?!—until our newborn son could bring some stability to our family! I was joking of course, but the comment found us thinking about hope. If our hope for peace is dependent on calm, collected children or a church family free from conflict, our hope may always be out of reach! Like faith, hope is only as good as its source. If our hope relies on earthly circumstances or relationships it will not weather the storms of life’s chaos or even the change in seasons. For hope to be satisfying and truly hopeful at all, it must be fully in Jesus. As the popular hymn goes, our “hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” Jesus is our bedrock hope.
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