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Lenten Devotional – Day 17 – There is Always Hope

Scripture:  Ecclesiastes 3:1–8

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

There were so many moments of loneliness as I served Jesus for eight years in Eastern Europe. There were days and nights when I said to myself, “What am I doing here?” “Am I really making a difference?” Now I say, “Why did I fret? Why did I worry? Why was I ever concerned about being alone as I grew older and wondered if I would die alone someday?

Today, the man of my dreams proposed to me on the top of a mountain in Northern Maine. He put his arm around me as his drone captured the scene and said, “So, what’s the chance you’ll marry me?” I was so mesmerized by the beauty of the ring that I was speechless. Yes, I have been blessed by the Lord with the man of my dreams. At the ripe old age of 55, I will finally marry.

The older we get, the more we realize how life brings emotional seasons of feasting and of famine, times of sorrow and times of joy. (Ecclesiastes 3:1–8)  Through it all, however, we will keep our eyes on the Lord and focus on the hope that we have in him.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for being my Creator and Sustainer. The future is unknown and so uncertain. Only you can see it. When tough times return, may I always remember you. Yes, “even then your powerful arm will guide and protect me.” (Psalm 139:10)

– Cindy B. – North Brookfield, Massachusetts

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