Hope has come.
The cardinal came and this time I paused to watch.
Bright red body perched on a leafless limb, it rested momentarily and then one, two, three little jumps, it was on the highest of the branches, facing forward towards me unmoved by the window.
Then it moved, it was on its way.
I’m now 14 chapters into the Book of Luke and every day has been a new takeaway.
A friend mentioned hope today and as God would have it, hope is what resonated in Chapter 14 for me, hope when all seems lost, hope that longs to be found, not overlooked, not less than all it truly is and can be.
Hope that we need.
Jesus gave hope to an ailing man on a Sunday although the religious leaders chastised him for doing so.
He told the disciples to take the seat that wasn’t so lofty, not to assume you deserve to be there.
Sit in the lowly place, you might eventually be called to a seat of our honor.
But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 14:10-12
Jesus told a parable about a master’s grand event, a banquet to which all those invited made excuses, declining the invitation. So, the master told the servants, go out and invite others.
Invite the hopeless, the hapless, the crippled, the perceived unfit.
The banquet room was filled because they came, the others went unfulfilled, their choice leading to them not being invited again.
Can you imagine what they must have missed?
He is the song for the suffering
He is Messiah
The Prince of Peace has come
He has come, Emmanuel Light of the World Lauren Daigle
Jesus calls us to take our hope with us as we go, wherever we go.
Hope that causes question, hope that is unashamed to sit with those that look, from our sometimes lofty positions, like shame.
Those who look like less than us and those who we believe are so much more.
Hope shows no partiality.
It welcomes in the unwelcome and challenges us to have no absolutes, no presumptions or assumptions.
Everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing of.
Hope is here. It has come, Jesus, the light of our world.
Listen in to a song from someone who shared her hope in a place that caused questions from some. She sang her song anyway.