Joyful in Hope

Many of us have had periods in our lives that brought major changes. Sometimes these changes were positive and uplifting. At others times, they may have seemed disruptive and negative. The last few years have brought a period of major changes to my wife and me.

Advancing years and declining health both helped precipitate numerous decisions that we had to make about our future. These decisions resulted in extensive life changes. We sold the home we had built with our own hands forty three years earlier. My antique business was put up for auction. More than fifty years of accumulated family heirlooms, pictures, and other assorted treasures that filled our large two-level home had to go. Downsizing to the approximately one thousand square feet in our Patio Home in a retirement community was difficult and traumatic.  

The expression, ‘Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be,’ encapsulated our approach to these seismic shifts. I believe that all truth is God’s truth wherever it is found. The three divisions of the aforementioned phrase each have strong scriptural foundations.

  • Accept what is:  “…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11, NIV).
  • Let go of what was: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:18-19, NIV).
  • Have faith in what will be: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).

My wife and I have also found great comfort in the following scriptures:

  • “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4, NIV).
  • “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest” (Isaiah 32:18, NIV).
  • “Be joyful in hope, patient in adversity, and faithful in pray” (Romans 12:12, NIV).

Prayer: Lord, as our days unfold, may we “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 3:13-14, NIV).

~ Brother Roy

One thought on “Joyful in Hope

  1. Robert Stilson August 30, 2021 / 11:29 am

    Rachel and I resemble this.

    Four years ago we moved from Morgan County 150 miles north to Boone County to be near Melinda, our daughter, her husband Jacob and our two grandsons Desmond 12 and Emmett 9.

    We sure miss the mountains, yet we are glad to be near family at this stage of life.


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