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Door of Hope

 
In the desert prepare the way for the Lord;
Make straight in the wilderness
A highway for our God.
Isaiah 40:3
 
 
 
For those who are in:
 
 
 
 
 
E)  all of the above
 
Look for the Door of Hope! 
 
 
I will make the Valley of Trouble a Door of Hope.
(based on Hosea 2:15) 
 

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the desert

 
Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her into the desert and speak
tenderly to her.  There I will give her
back her vineyards, and will make the
Valley of Achor a Door of Hope.
Hosea 2:14-15
 
 
Imagine standing in a valley named “Trouble” (Achor means trouble) and in the far distance you see a doorway labeled “Hope”.  What do you hope is on the other side of that door?  From where you stand in the valley, what lies between you and the door?  What steps must you take to go through the Valley of Trouble and walk through the door into renewal?  How can focusing on God’s intimate, committed love deliver, heal and transform you?

 

For Piotr, Michelle, and Dana, who work with those who are in the desert of chronic pain. 

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you will see

 
“Come and you will see.”
 
Jesus

 

Jesus still invites us to “come and see” (John 1:39) what He has to offer.  As “the Author of life” (Acts 3:15), Jesus wants us to come and see His plan for our lives.  He then wants us to show God’s passionate love to others. 
 
There are those who are in a spiritual desert, longing for a cool drink of water.  Will we take the time to see them and to lead them to the place of abundant life?   
  
The first thing he did, after finding Jesus, was find his own brother telling him, “We have found the Christ.”  He immediately led him to Jesus (based on John 1:41-42, The Message).

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“I am the voice of one
 
Calling in the desert,
 
Make straight the way
 
For the Lord.”
 
John 1:23
 
 
“Who are you?  What do you say about yourself?”  John the Baptist was frequently asked these questions, (questions nobody has asked me!)   His life was radically different from those around him, and people wanted to know why.
 
John knew his purpose in life was to “show everyone where to look, who to believe in …” (John 1, The Message).  As a result, he was extremely focused.  He was able to give an answer to those who asked who he was, because he knew his life’s work was to show people the “Light of the World” (John 8:12). 
 
I have been thinking about John the Baptist, because I am studying the gospel of John with an amazing group of women.  When we read slowly, mediate on what we are reading, and then discuss it with each other, we see scripture in a fresh way.  I would like to invite you to study the gospel of John and share your thoughts and insights with me or a friend. 
 
Questions of the day:
Who are you?  What do you say about yourself?  (John 1:22)
 
“I’m the voice of 1 calling u in your pain. 
Create space 4 God.”
 
(My texting paraphrase of John 1:23.) 
 
  
Thank you to Kristie for sharing thoughts about John the Baptist’s life.

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– Light –

 
“I am the Light of the World.”
 
Jesus

 

 
From Water My Soul, Luci Shaw
 
“I am reminded of the image of the moth and the candle in Annie Dillard’s Holy the Firm, in which the moth’s passion for the light draws it into the light of the flame, and it eventually becomes a charred attachment to the wick, a part of the wick in its self-immolation.  This is the image of the Christian drawn by the God-flame that burns up our mortal elements and turns us into wicks to light the rooms of the world.”
 
Jesus … said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”  (John 8:12).
 
Question of the day:
What would my life look like if it was completely consumed by the “God-flame”?
 

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