Hope Hidden Within my Everyday Life
Hope is More than Getting into My Skinny Jeans
Personally, when I am attempting to hope in Christ, it is hindsight I turn to for encouragement. My memory can be selective when it comes to matters of faith. How does Christ ‘build and rebuild; in my life? From childhood difficulties, Jesus has restored me to not only be healed but to forgive those who hurt me. How can I hold a grudge, when I look upon the cross.
“Hope is what Mary, Mother of God, sheltered in her heart during the darkest time of her life: from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning.” “That is hope: she had it. And that hope has renewed everything. May God grant us that grace.” ~ Pope Francis
The relationship that has needed the most rebuilding has been mine with Christ. For years, I went about my life – with starts and stops – letting Him in; and then walking away. Each time, my hope has been restored in the most mystical and amazing ways – and my faith continues to grow stronger.
Hope is definitely the topping on the cake or ice cream – though this gluten/dairy free girl can have neither (but I digress)! Hope is a grace; and each time I allow the hope of Christ to live within me – I experience a deeper conversion. It definitely takes courage to hope in an unseen God; but when I do the JOY is beyond compare! My greatest hope is in the mercy given to me again and again; especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In the confessional, I am healed and renewed; in there I am reminded of the hope being eternal minded gives me.
Now Jesus… about these pants?
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