Monday, December 12, 2016

Advent: Hope

Psalm 80:4-7
O LORD God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
You have fed them with the bread of tears,
and given them tears to drink in full measure.
You make us the scorn of our neighbors;
our enemies laugh among themselves.
Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

"Converted anxiety is hope. Anxiety is dreadful expectation; hope is expectant desire. They are like cousins to each other. Pray for the conversion of your fretful anxiety into promising hope. If you are anxious just now, you are almost already hopeful."
written by Brother Curtis Almquist & shared from:

O Lord,
you have heard my cries.
You have listened day and night to 
my fears, 
my worries,
my dread, 
my frets,
my stress.

As Brother Curtis Almquist's words suggest,
not only does my life, my heart, needs conversion,
but so do my fears, worries, dread, frets and stress...

So come, O Lord,
and convert 
my fears into courage,
my worries into certainty,
my dread into joy,
my frets into hope,
my stress into positive energy.


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