hopefulness found in the new….

“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”

Alfred Tennyson

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(Icon image of St Jude Thaddeus by Ryszard Sleczka)

“But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of
our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.
They said to you,
“In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.”
These are the people who divide you,
who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.”

As we prepare to close the book on yet another year…
being mindful that it was indeed quite the year….
dangling from the icy strands of a distant bitter wind,
the ancient words of those who have gone long before us,
dance across the cold chasm of time…

St Jude Thaddeus,
younger brother of James the Lesser and one of the inner circle of 12…

Apostle,
Preacher,
teacher,
martyr.

Jude who is known as the saint of lost causes, of despair, and of hopelessness…
Proclaims, and rightly so, to all who have ears to hear and eyes to behold
not to despair…
not to languish in the gloom of dejection…
not to give way to the ensuing divisions of the ungodly
but rather to be of steadfast faith binding ourselves to the Holy Spirit…

But you, dear friends,
by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in
the Holy Spirit,
keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of
our Lord Jesus Christ
to bring you to eternal life.

Be merciful to those who doubt;
save others by snatching them from the fire;
to others show mercy,
mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and
to present you before his glorious presence without fault
and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory,
majesty, power and authority,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
before all ages,
now and forevermore!
Amen.

(Jude 17-25)

So therefore we are to go boldly and bravely into this new and waiting year…
Standing firm and grounded in our faith which is rooted deeply in Jesus Christ.
May we not be deterred nor disheartened…
not by the ominous signs of these trying times…
But rather rejoicing…
as we are full of the hopefulness found in the mercy and forgivenes
of our Risen Savior….

Happy New Year…

14 comments on “hopefulness found in the new….

  1. Lynda says:

    A beautifully inspiring message on which to begin the new year! The words from Jude are so hope-filled. May 2017 bring you and your family much peace and joy and love.

  2. Sarah says:

    Happy New Year Cookie!
    I hope you and your family have a blessed 2017, full of love. I keep you all in my prayers. ❤

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    Happy new beginnings😍

  4. dawnlizjones says:

    “…not to give way to the ensuing divisions of the ungodly” YES. And I LOVE Jude 24,25. What a promise. Happy New Year, Cookie!!

  5. Beautifully penned and put together Julie! Happy New Year! I know you face trials ahead so may the Lord be with you at every turn and may you have truly blessed days throughout the coming year!!! Love and hugs, Natalie 🙂 ❤

  6. davidkitz says:

    Great grace be yours, Julie, in 2017.

  7. SLIMJIM says:

    Have a happy New Year

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