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  • Writer's pictureShannon Van Roekel

Take Hope

Updated: May 19, 2023

Its been five long years since my last blog post! I have no excuses--well, maybe a world pandemic--but we don't talk about Bruno! Right?

So we'll skip that part and jump right into today.

It's warm for May! This morning I planted carrots in the garden with the help of a toilet paper hack (google it), then enjoyed a Mother's Day lunch with my adult son--and a salted caramel ice-cream waffle cone for dessert! After picking up my two girls from the tutor, I went straight home and basked in late afternoon sun, while the kids played croquet under the shade of the evergreen trees. How sweet a day.

Through all the dappled sunshine and blooming lilacs I am struck by one thing. Remission.

God gives us these moments (days, months, sometimes years) of grace and relative peace. Remarkably, and in spite of our tears, heavy burdens and the sorrows that threaten at times to engulf us, He gives us these startling revelations of beauty and joy so we won't forget about hope. The eyes of Jesus shine brighter behind the tears He weeps for us. His love keeps beaming down on the good and the bad. He started His story with "In the Beginning God created...", and He hasn't ended it with "They all lived happily ever after" yet, but it's coming. It is coming. You feel it. I do too. The robin carrying the worm to his nest knows and warbles the truth of it every new day. He is coming again, dear ones. And His revealing will be the dismay and undoing of the nations, the Bible tells us. But for those who have hidden their lives in Jesus Christ, His revealing is the face of our bridegroom, finally realized, waited and longed for, our Home and Hearth, the beginning of our REAL wedding feast, the only marriage that is destined to last forever.

I will end this post with a passage from the Bible--from the very last book of the Bible (there are 66)

Revelation 22:12-17 says:


“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.15Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”


17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.


It's time to wash our robes, trust in Jesus for forgiveness of our sins, and get that Water of Life that takes away all our thirst for "something MORE"! Let's turn to the bright Morning Star and wait for His appearing together!










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