Posted on November 11, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
…and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured
into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
Over the last four years, our Sun Prairie United Methodist Church has been living out of a ministry plan of H.O.P.E. Each year, we have focused our ministry on H.O.P.E. as Hospitality (2016); Offering Christ (2017); Purposeful living (2018); and Engaging community (2019).
This accent on H.O.P.E. has come at a time when holding to hope and sharing hope in the life of the church, our United Methodist denomination, and our own lives is more critical and crucial than ever. Throughout the Bible we see a witness to the positive power of hope. In the letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul reminds us that “hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
We are not always good ‘hopers,’ so these are words of inspiration and encouragement that are just as relevant today as when they were inspired and written thousands of years ago.
Martin Marty is a religious scholar and writer who wrote about hope recently, saying that we have benefitted “from the witness of the proclaimers of hope through many centuries.” He goes on to write that, “At their best, proclaimers of hope urge again that fellow believers are to be impatient with the world as it is and active as participants in helping introduce, welcome and bring about a new reality.”
May we be intentional in resurrecting hope in our words and actions. And may we put an accent on hope as we put H.O.P.E. to work in our daily lives and in our life of faith.