When time seems a burden, remember these words:

“For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; (time-bound) but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

I give thanks for the gift of salvation, for the gift of Jesus, for the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit that manifests truth in my heart and speaks words of encouragement to my mind as I face trials of grief and concern.

As I wait, enduring by His grace, I hope…

As the sun shone first light into morning, scriptures spoke in memory, anchoring me firmly with these words, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is His faithfulness. The Lord is my portion says my soul; therefore will I hope in Him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”

When even in brokenness, our greatest desire is for genuine goodness to prevail, for the changes in all to reflect the transformative power of Christ, for love to win out over hate and for the deepest healing to be experienced by all, we can rejoice in the knowledge that indeed Christ dwells in our hearts. No greater evidence of conversion than that we love as He loves.

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