Nine Ladies Dancing: For Hopes Sake

Readings: Psalm 20; Genesis 12:1-7; Hebrews 11:1-12

A year ago I was really excited about 2016 would bring. I would turn 40 in a month. I believed that I had a plan to turn things around at a job that I hated. I believed that by year’s end, we’d have chosen our first woman president.

Then 2016 actually happened.

I did turn 40 and it was all downhill after my party (which was awesome!). I couldn’t turn the work around because…well…it was too big a shit show for one or two people to fix. And I don’t need to remind you how November 8th went.

And still…I’m hopeful for 2017.

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1a)

I am hopeful that the prayers of people of all faiths and no faith (yup…those wishes, dreams, and hopes are still prayers to me) will join together in a song of love for the world.

I am looking forward to the ways that good people will rise up and stand for those who are weaker, poorer, in danger, or afraid.

I am eager to see what will happen as I continue my journey from fear into joy.

I choose to believe.

I choose to hope.

I choose love.

Because love always wins!

May he grant your heart’s desires  9-LadiesDancing
and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory
and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.
May the Lord answer all your prayers. (Psalm 20:4-5)

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