Where Is Our Hope … And Who Is It In? – Part II
I’m amazed, blessed, and encouraged by the diversity of Metamorphyx followers that responded to the June 16th post. Planted within each of us is an Eternal Seed that God grows and uses over time to bring glory to Himself – and comfort to His people. (More on that topic in a future Metamorphyx discussion).
There were also dozens of old and new friends that responded to Jan’s posting of ‘Where Is Our Hope’ on her FB page – each celebrating the power of God’s reach into their lives, some probably like us, with a few tears. Many of our new friends never knew Vanessa, but they share in her legacy of hope … and the awesome power of life over death. But it takes time to fully internalize that.
“Where, O death is your victory? Where O death is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:55) A few years back, I heard a pastor recklessly pitch these Bible verses to a family, who not 36 hours earlier took the nightmare-ish 2am phone call from the police. Their 19 year-old daughter would never come home again! I wanted to punch him; he should have known better. This is not biblical truth to be injected into someone; we grow into it by God’s grace. Erica, our oldest daughter (and granddaughter Bethany’s mom), knows that well. She was with her sister, Vanessa that fateful day. Gently coaching her grieving friend recently, Erica reminded her, “Remember, there is a now, but not yet dimension to our hope!”
Here are some quick shout-outs from friends replying to ‘Where Is Our Hope.’ Lynne, we cherish our greatmemories of times together in the Caymans. Katie, yes, the message of Christ’s love is simple and ‘beautiful.’ Tabitha, you are bringing ‘hope’ to former prostitutes in Kenya seeking a new direction. Helen, while many are trying to make retirement work, you and Bob are purveyors of gospel ‘hope’ in Spain. Isaac, you are a pastor of ‘hope’ to the hopeless in the slums of Nairobi. May God bless the growth of Gates of Holiness Church!
“Faith is the assurance of what we hope for… and the certainty of what we cannot see,” (Hebrews 11:1)
Tom, Jan, and family