I was shopping at a home store when ATB was moving into our building looking for a cross that would be the centerpiece of our main meeting room. There were some interesting ones but there was one that stood out - it had the word HOPE etched on its intersection symbolizing it's personal message to me. It's still there.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is the tree of life. Proverbs 13:12
The Bible uses the word hope over 100 times illustrating how important the meaning of that word is. Here's a quote from the book "Important Words of The Bible": HOPE. The mere word can make our hearts beat faster. And when we manage to grab ahold of the gift itself, the effect is miraculous. With hope we are able to keep going, even when all seems lost.
The scripture and the quote match, once we have seen hope fulfilled we can handle any situation knowing that a hopeless situation can change dramatically to a hopeful conclusion. Just because we lose now and then doesn't mean all is lost. Life has it's ebb and flow, but if we see and read that word HOPE, especially when matched with the cross, we understand that the longing fulfilled happened on that tree of life.
Because of that we are always Hopeful no matter what situation we are facing!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.