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Hope Over Fear

By Coke

There’s a lot going on in the world today, and it affects each of us differently, but whatever is happening in your life right now, just know that this did NOT take God by surprise. In fact, it was all part of his perfect plan somehow. The sad thing is, people want to be afraid. We think of all the things that could go wrong, that have gone wrong, all the things that are ruining our lives. Don’t do it! That is exactly what the enemy wants: he wants us to focus on the storm around us so that we miss the Lord’s still, small voice.


A good friend of mine, and faithful servant of God, once said to me: “Fear is a loud liar, and sometimes its the only thing we can hear, because we don’t take the time to listen to God’s small voice.” I’m not saying that this pandemic should be belittled, or that your struggles don't matter. But when our thoughts are narrowed in on the negative possibilities of the unknown, we allow fear to dictate our lives, cloud our judgment, and forget the God we serve.


The God we serve is a God of power that cannot be thwarted by a virus, of peace they cannot be drowned by fear, of love that outstretches “social distancing”, and of hope that keeps us steadfast during any and every crisis we are thrown into.


“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons, nor the present, nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39)


THIS IS THE GOD WE SERVE! So, during this Corona-cation, remember the God you serve, and trust that he is working “for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28). Let this message resonate in your heart as you read this poem…


Hope is Near


Sirens

Sometimes that's all we hear.

You might not see where they are coming or going.

You just know that they are near.


Storm clouds

They surge above you brooding.

You might not know if they will stay or pass.

You just know that they are near.


Sickness

An enemy we never see coming.

You might not know if you have it or not.

You just hope it doesn't linger near.


But hope Is a bird with wings.

You might not see it during the storm but,

You just know that it is near.


It will come out after the storm,

And sing notes of peace,

then joy will join the chorus,

And you'll forget about the rest.


Yes, you'll forget about the Sirens,

The storm will not graze your face.

The sickness will be but a figment

Of the fear you've put away.


Because the hope that you have

Will last the whole day.

And thru the night you will trust

That the Sun will keep it's promise.


And the birds will wake to rouse

Hope inside your heart,

No matter where you are.

No matter how far we are apart.

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