“How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news.” – St. Paul

Today in reading Romans 10, I join Paul’s longing in his heart for people to be saved. Like in ancient Rome, in our time misdirected zeal is creating pain, hate, distrust and violence in our world, in our nations, in our cities, in our homes, and in our individual lives. 

Today our world is in grave conflict, nations on high alert against each other, cities unsafe, homes divided daily, and far too many people suffering. 

Personally my heart is hurting for a truly delightful young man who is being destroyed by heroin, and as of now I have not been able to help. 

In light of this bleak picture of our world, where do I turn for hope? What has worked for me all these years as I have traveled through the valley of the shadow of death Psalm 23 talks about?

Through my darkest days fighting cancer, it has become crystal clear my hope is in the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul says what I believe so well:

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:9-13

Prayer for today:

Dear Lord,

Yesterday you inspired me to reflect on good byes and hellos. This holiday season I ask you to make each hello and each good bye a moment of letting the light, love, and life of Christ shine in and out of me so that I can be one of your messengers of Hope.


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