The God of Hope

Jack had chemo today. His counts were 1990, dropped from last week, but still good. He had fun at chemo today alot of the kids were there, and they watched movies together.
Today when I picked Jack up from school one of the teachers, Mrs. Hanner, commented on Jack's t-shirt. He was wearing his grey t-shirt that says "I Have Issues". She asked Jack what kind of issues he had, and he said, "I don't know what kind, I just know I have them."
We are getting ready to batten down the hatches for a cold front that is supposed to hit town sometime soon. It is a sunny 85 degrees here today, and yesterday too. We are ready for the pool to open up. I am guessing that tomorrow will be a different story. ACU's Lectureship starts up this weekend which almost always means a cold front.
Some of the readers of this blog might know Randy Becton. Jack got to sit next to him at chemo today. Randy's cancer has come back for the 3rd time. He is a kind man and made friends with all who were around. Please pray for God to rain down blessings on Randy and Camille Becton. As soon as Randy and Camille left the chemo chairs, I read this scripture which I prayed for them.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13.

The God of hope. What would we do without the God of hope? Without the God of hope where would we get our hope. If we still had hope, what would we hope for? I am blessed by the many personalities that God represents Himself with in scripture. For every hopeless day we have the God of hope ready to bless us through the power of the Holy Spirit. I sometimes sit in the chairs at the chemo office and look around at the people who are hooked up to the chemo. In some eyes you see hope, no doubt about it, in some eyes you see weariness, and yet others, anger, tiredness, loneliness, fear, boredom. I have seen some patients come in for their first time to get chemo, it is like a deer in the headlights. It is all so new and different, a whole new world that they were thrust into. I can remember the uncertainness the first time Jack and I walked in those doors. It is an eery feeling. Then you go through a couple treatments and it feels almost like a second home. The smiles on the nurses. The kindness of the people who welcome you through the front door. It is like another family that you have grown into.

What do I hope for? That is a question that I ask myself on a somewhat frequent basis. I hope that Jack will be healed, I hope that I can see my children's children. I hope that my children remain faithful to Jesus the One and Only. The main thing I hope for is that when God calls me home and on that Day of Judgement when I am called into account for my actions on earth, and the blood of Jesus covers all my sins, I am hopeful that God says to me, people have seen the love I have given to you, you have shared what is in your heart, you have glorified Me, you have been truthful about your struggles, you have fallen, but when you got up you lifted your hand to Me. Welcome Home my child.

Comments

Stacey said…
My prayers to you.
Sarah said…
Preach it, Tammy -- thank you for showing all of us the God of Hope.
Anne Jones said…
Hope is what keeps me going! Thank you Tammy.
shellie said…
Once again your comments are so very inspiring. Continued prayers for Jack.......
Anonymous said…
You are blessed with eloquence! Thank you for sharing your blessing with us, your blog friends!

Carole Houston
Steph said…
You inspire me and give us all a different perspective to look through. Blessed by you!
Denise W. said…
Glory, glory.
Mike said…
We all need a t-shirt like Jack's! Thanks for making this a place of hope, rich community, and prayer.
Anonymous said…
Tammy,
As always, I love being able to come on line and catch up with you and your thoughts. I stay spiritually disoriented much of the time, and you are a help to me.

Thanks for mentioning Randy and Camilla. They've been through a lot. He's doing really well with the lymphoma... just has to keep doing the treatments every once in a while. This treatment has been very effective, and so much less destructive than regular chemo. But he has lots of other physical problems-- low oxygen level, not able to sleep, etc. Just getting through day after day is a huge project.

I'll be praying that Jack's counts stay up and that his sense of humor and joy remain strong.

Love, Gay

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