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Sunday, March 16, 2014

 

Lent 2014 reflections: Day 12: Hope in the ruins


“O Blessed Host, our only hope in the ruin of our hopes and endeavors.”

I strongly resonate with this line, but I can’t expound on it now. Maybe words are too lame for the thought.

Maybe I should dig up this old anonymous chain email that says, When you are down to nothing, God is up to something." Oh, wait, here's what I Googled:

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My Hut is burning

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened - everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger.

"God, how could you do this to me?" he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.

"How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers.

"We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

It's easy to get discouraged sometimes when things appear to be going badly. But we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground, it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

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