I love this HOPE structure. It sits just off of the Williamson Street exit off of 75 South in downtown Atlanta. It’s on a lot that belongs to the Atlanta Mission, a ministry that reaches out to the homeless. The structure was given to them following the Passion Conference, hosted by Louie Giglio. We have used it in many photo shoots with Rescuing Hope. We were recently downtown shooting a video there for Circle Atlanta for Hope.
The lot that it sits in is run down a bit. It was used as a garden area, but it hasn’t been tended in a while; therefore, weeds have grown up and seem to have overtaken the gardens. There are also broken down structures sitting around it as well.
Needless to say, the area has been neglected a bit, but there in the middle of it all stands HOPE.
I thought this was a reflection of what many of us experience in our day to day lives. We have things broken around us. Some of those things are a result of our own action and sometimes we are just bystanders who get caught in the crossfire. We may even have areas of our lives that have been neglected a bit where weeds have begun to grow and attempt to take over. That could be our relationships with family members, friends, or even our relationships with Jesus.
The good news is, as long as we have Jesus, we have hope.
1 Peter 1:3 says,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
1 Thessalonians 2:19 says,
For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?”
2 Thessalonians 2:16 says,
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,”
It’s been a while since I’ve met you here, and I apologize for the long absence. The work of Rescuing Hope is growing and has taken most of my time and focus. I’ve been wrestling with the decision about picking the blog back up or leaving it as is. Truthfully, I didn’t have a strong leading one way or another until this morning. I realized that I gain as much from writing here as I hope you take away reading it.
As long as the Lord prompts me, I will continue to write in this space. It won’t be daily or even weekly as before. It will be when the Lord places something on my heart that I know He is calling me to share. I hope you will continue this journey with me. Your comments, emails and phone calls about what is shared here means more than you can imagine.
Have a blessed day and remember no matter what you’re walking through today, there is always, always, always, hope.