Join in worship as we begin a sermon series, Living with Hope. How do we live with hope in a time like this, and after a week like the one we had?
The Hebrew word for hope, Tikyah, means expectation, and it also means a cord or rope. Tikvah is a rope we hang onto when the world seems out of control or when we don’t know how to make it through a difficult season in life.
In worship we remember to hang on to hope. We hope you to send in your own image of Hope….a picture, or a poem or a haiku. (send to firstname.lastname@example.org) We’d like to use these in worship. Your contribution can be something you created, or something you found.
Claudia Artiga sent in a poem called Footprints in the Sand that has helped her during this sad and lonely time. “Perhaps it can help others, too,” she wrote.
One night I dreamed a dream.As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,One belonging to me and one to my Lord.After the last scene of my life flashed before me,I looked back at the footprints in the sand.I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,especially at the very lowest and saddest times,there was only one set of footprints.This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.”Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,You’d walk with me all the way.But I noticed that during the saddestand most troublesome times of my life,there was only one set of footprints.I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most,You would leave me.”He whispered, “My precious child, I love youand will never leave youNever, ever, during your trials and testings.When you saw only one set of footprints,It was then that I carried you.”