by Kay Stoltz
The reading May 30, 2017. Verse 19 reads: We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain.
What is hope in my life? And there it is: I hope I’m not late. I hope the roads are clear. I hope it doesn’t rain today.
Anchor of the soul? Such mundane things? Superficial?
Faith, Hope and Charity. Paul speaks of this triad as the foundation of our Christian belief, and says this about hope.
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. Romans 5:5
How do I find this deeper hope, the anchor that will quiet my restless mind, give me ease? No matter how hard I think, how much I try, I can’t find it.
OK, God, I give up. What is this hope that Paul speaks of, the anchor of the soul? I am drawn to more passages in the bible until I find this one.
Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. Matthew 7:7
I am asking, Lord.
And led to this.
And therefore I have hope.
The steadfast love of the Lord never
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations: 3:21-24