Thought for the week

Thought for the Week provides a Verse, Thought and Prayers for the week ahead.  We trust you will find these helpful and encouraging in these times.

Sunday 28th June 2020

Verse for the week:

Isaiah 40:30-31

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.

Thought for the week:

If we were to be asked the question, “What are you hoping for just now?”, I guess that most of us would come back with an answer that had “corona virus” somewhere in it.

Governments, assemblies, councils, health authorities are all, it seems, hoping that the virus is under control, and hopeful that restrictions can be eased, and “normality” returned without a spike in infections or deaths, or a full-blown second wave of the virus.

Whilst most (all?) of us would share these hopes, I’m sure we are all hoping for some additional things;

Like seeing and holding the family and friends again, being able to shop without sanitiser and social distancing, maybe even going on holiday or spending some time in a holiday home or caravan.

For many others the hope is for a good result from a test or scan, and freedom from the worry these inevitably bring; others are hoping that the economy will recover quickly enough to lift the threat of short-time working, redundancy, business failure …… with all the financial and family consequences that will follow on.

For some the hope is for reassurance that children will be able to go back to school in August/September and that they, and their teachers, will be and remain safe and well.

And for still others, the hope is that congregations will soon be able to meet together as the family of God; to thank and praise him and to re-commit ourselves to his Kingdom life.

Hope – what does the Bible say?

Hold on – Hebrews 10:23: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promises is faithful”

Persevere – Romans 5:3-5: “….. we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us”

Endure – Romans 15:4: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope”

Whatever situation or circumstances we are facing; whatever is causing us to worry, is concerning us, frightening us; whatever it is that is keeping us awake at night …… we can trust God, believe his promises, speak to him in prayer – for ourselves and others; and

Hold On, Persevere, Endure

And may the Holy Spirit sustain that hope in our hearts, today and every day.

So be it, amen.

Prayer for the week:

Lord Jesus,

You are the hope of all the world, and so we pray for:

Hope in all our situations and circumstances

Hope in our worry and our concern and our despair

Hope for today and for all our days

Hope for ourselves and for those we know and love

Hope for your church

Hope for our town and all its people

Hope for all the world

Lord Jesus, give us hope ……

In the promise of your word

In the presence of the Holy Spirit

In the steadfast love of our Father God

Thank you, Jesus

Amen