Recently, I went to the house of some neighbors who had been bereaved earlier that day by the death of a mother. I don’t know the folks well; we’ve been in the same neighborhood for only about 10 months. They plainly don’t get what I do (the pastor thing) though I’ve invited them to go to church where I used to serve (Apex). I simply went by to tell them I was sorry.
In the course of my very brief call, I got outed as a Christian. A lady asked what I did – turns out she’s related to the decedent – and when I said I was a Christian pastor she said, “Oh, one of those. Well, don’t stop.”
I asked her naturally what I wasn’t supposed to stop and she said, “Talking about hope.” And sort of stared at me, like I was (really) dumb.
I don’t have experiences like that often but what a lesson.
Don’t stop talking about hope. What a message to us, to the Church, and to everyone who knows the Good News.
I confess that I didn’t preach a sermon though I did offer how I knew hope and what Christian hope looks like in the face of death. She thanked me and we just sat there for a moment.
She has made me a better person. I want to be that agent of hope: for myself, my family, our church, and our world. Most of all I want to share the hope of Jesus.
You share that hope, else I doubt you would be reading this note! Share and live in the hope of Jesus. I think it is a conscious choice and the result of prayer where you ask that your life becomes more and more like Jesus’.
Hopefully, I live as one of those (people who have hope).
Hoping in Christ,
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