Called to Hope

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people. – (Ephesians 1:18, NIV)

I pray that God will open your minds to see His truth. Then you will know the hope that He has chosen us to have. You will know that the blessings God has promised His holy people are rich and glorious. – (Ephesians 1:18, ERV)

Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance. – (Ephesians 1:18, VOICE)

The reality is that we all could use more hope. When things are good, there is great joy in knowing that what is yet to come is even better. When in the midst of sorrow or trials or strife, hope is what propels us forward to persevere. As we invest time with intention to seek to know the Lord better, we grow in our understanding of all that He has for us, both in the here and now, and forever. His blessings are present, even in the midst of pain. It is up to us to truly see all that is around us, for He shows us again and again how vast His love is and how faithful He is to His promises. May we ever seek the Lord, for it is in the seeking that we find and discover the blessings and hope that are held in His hands.

Lord, open our eyes,

So that all may see;

The light of Your truth,

Hope’s reality.

For in Your strong hands,

We shall be upheld;

Grace for each new day,

As You love so well.

Help every heart,

So truth may be seen;

For that’s how hope grows,

In this time between.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You love us and provide blessings and hope both now and forever. Forgive us for losing sight of Your goodness and grace on our toughest days. Teach us to ever look to You to show us who You are and how You love so that hope will be securely held in our hearts. Lead us to love each other like You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You, so that they too may know hope, help, peace and love in the way that only You provide. Be glorified O God, as we look to the light of Your truth and purposefully pursue the path that You have set before us. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure… – Hebrews 6:19a

Submitting to the Spirit

To Philip was said

image by Meg Petroski

image by Meg Petroski

by an angel of God,

go south to Gaza,

on this road that you trod.

In obedience,

he set forth and went out,

and met on his way

a eunuch with much clout.

This important man,

treasurer of the queen,

was reading scripture

to find what it did mean.

Spirit told Philip,

go and stand over there.

He heard him reading,

and asked questions with care.

“Do you get that word?”

Philip asked of the man.

“How can I”, he said,

“unless I’m shown His plan?”

So Philip did tell,

he revealed to him,

the story of Christ,

then they both took a swim.

Enlightened, baptized,

he was equipped to share.

So the truth of God,

then traveled far from there.

(Responding to Acts 8:26-40)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You speak to us still.  Thank You that we have the gift of Your Holy Spirit, who whispers the words You want us to hear.  Thank You that You are not limited in how You can communicate to us, but rather, we must be ready to listen.  Forgive us for being tuned out or for ignoring the still small voice, and help us to be ever attentive and aware, ready to hear and obey what You say.  Thank You that You are patient with us, and that Your love for us is not dependant on our performance or accuracy.  May we live in that blessed place of grace, so that we may pass it on to others so that they too, might come to know just how good You are.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present