Our True Hope

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. – (Psalm 100:4-5, NIV)

Come through the gates to His Temple giving thanks to Him. Enter His courtyards with songs of praise. Honor Him and bless His Name. The Lord is good! There is no end to His faithful love. We can trust Him forever and ever! – (Psalm 100:4-5, ERV)

Go through His gates, giving thanks; walk through His courts, giving praise. Offer Him your gratitude and praise His Holy Name. Because the Eternal is good, His loyal love and mercy will never end, and His truth will last throughout all generations. – (Psalm 100:4-5, VOICE)

Because of Jesus, we are able to come before the throne of God. His sacrifice made the way for us to enter His very courts without fear or hesitation, but rather in confident faith that we are known, loved and received however we come. It is the Lord’s great love that reminds us of the countless reasons that we ought to give Him thanks and praise His Name. When we begin to understand what faithful love truly is, we cannot help but give thanks and praise. May we ever enter His courts with thanksgiving and offer Him all of our gratitude for His never-ending faithful love.

Enter God’s presence,

For He’s ev’rywhere;

Loving arms outstretched,

With mercy and care.

In love the Lord waits,

For us to draw near;

Each prayer we offer,

He lovingly hears.

All thanks unto God,

Our Savior and King;

For love, life and hope,

The joys that He brings.

God is our true hope,

In whom we are known;

All thanks unto Him,

Who sits on the throne.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can come to You and enter Your courts, Your very presence, as You welcome us with open arms. Thank You that You love and forgive and draw us unto Yourself with Your overwhelming and unending love. Forgive us for the times that we have not given praise and honor unto You. Every good and perfect gift comes from You, and we ought to recognize and acknowledge the abundant blessings You bring to us all. Teach us to see Your hand in all things, and make us ever aware of Your loving kindness. Show us how to love those around us well, so that they too, might come to know the beauty of Your unending love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we thank You and praise You for who You are and how You love. Amen.

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

Be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord. – Psalm 31:24

Light in the Dark

Though death and destruction,

come and make their claim;

all praise be to our God,

and His mighty Name.

Praise His Name forever,

even when darkness reigns;

for He has the power,

to bring about change.

The seasons in His hands,

He grants wisdom too;

revealing what’s hidden,

showing us the truth.

All that lies in darkness,

cannot hide from light;

for that which dwells in Him,

all that here is right.

Strengthen as we recall,

darkness of this day;

may we still remember,

how You made a way.

For only hope can rise,

when hearts turn to You;

help all to realize,

peace is found in You.

(Responding to Daniel 2:20-23, and remembering 9/11)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that despite the devastation and horror that happened on this day more than a decade ago, You brought light into the darkness, and hope into despair. Thank You that You raised up a multitude to work tirelessly to help those left behind, and You led our nation to unite in compassion, in the hour of such great need. Lord Jesus, we are broken people, desperately in need of You. Forgive us for trying to take on tragedies without completely relying on You, and help us to hold the hope that is found in You alone. Help us to love one another as You love us, and may many come to know the hope that is held in Your outstretched hands. Be near us, Abba Father. Amen.

Anne3Anne update: Cancer sucks. It sucks life and breath and strength and fight. However, it cannot steal hope nor peace nor the promise held in the powerful love of Papa God. Last evening, my visit with Anne was heartbreaking. No living being should ever have to suffer so much. Things that were once so simple, have no become seemingly impossible struggles. The need for heaven to hold her hand and show her how to navigate, is here. Please pray for her pain to end and His peace to come. May she hear clearly, the voice of our loving Father. Though I don’t understand why she must suffer so, I know for sure that He has incredible things waiting for this faithful woman. He is always good, even when life hurts.
Clinging to Christ, Shannon

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