Hope where we had ceased to hope.
Hope amid what threatens hope.
Hope with those who feed our hope.
Hope beyond what we had hoped.
Hope that draws us past our limits.
Hope that defies expectations.
Hope that questions what we have known.
Hope that makes a way where there is none.
Hope that takes us past our fear.
Hope that calls us into life.
Hope that holds us beyond death.
Hope that blesses those to come.
Jan Richardson “Rough Translations” appears in my new book Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons.
Kelly Moreland Jones, M.Ed., M.Div., is a Pastoral Intern with the beautiful community of Glendale
Baptist Church: a caring community of equality and grace in Nashville, TN. During the work
week she is an Analyst in Administrative Technology at Belmont University. She and her partner
are parents to the most amazing sons on the planet and one furry four legged daughter.
Posted by: Kelly Moreland Jones, M.Ed., M. Div. AT 06:08 am
During the first few days after my cancer diagnosis, my brain charged into overdrive. I searched the internet for the best oncologists and treatment centers. My family asked everyone they knew for references. Our phones rang constantly with friends calling to see how we were and to offer their prayers.
Tension cloaked every word we spoke. My anxiety level crept up to the exploding point. I needed relief. Then one morning I read Zephaniah 3:17, “For the Lord your God . . . will bring you quietness with His love. . .” Immediately, my emotions settled. Peace enveloped me. Quietness came and stayed.
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