a thrill of hope

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while i’ve never visited paris, i loved seeing it through savannah’s eyes this summer when she traveled to europe for several weeks. the evening of the attacks i was off the grid…at an event during the evening & i’d not been listening to the radio much during the day. i didn’t realize the devastation until the next morning. gosh.

i’ve put hundreds & hundreds of miles on my old suburban over the last several weeks. my days this time of year are spent capturing families for their annual christmas photo and other memorable events. happy times. sunday evening i was listening to O Holy Night on one of my favorite christmas cd’s. christmas music is so very calming & peaceful… and right now i feel like i’m about as maxed out as i can be. O Holy Night…my favorite hymn of all time. i think i tear up or get the chills every time i hear the words of that beautiful hymn.

“long lay the world in sin and error pining til He appeared and the soul felt its worth. a thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.”

before i knew it, warm tears fell off my cheek as i listened to those words & thought about paris. about nigeria. all the heartache around our world. our world is hurting. our world is weary. but the scriptures say one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that HE is lord. it will happen.one day. it will.  and the hope of that day is what overwhelms my heart.

“truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
& in His name all oppression shall cease.”

in the mean time we must live as he did. he did teach us to love each other. the greatest commandment. love him with all our heart and love our neighbor. that’s mighty easy to do when they look like us and they’re nice. right? but still.

a law that’s love?

his gospel is peace?

one day, oh yes indeed, one day ALL oppression will cease. all of it. sin. hatred. murder. bombs. cancer. addiction. evil. tears. heartbreak. disappointment. all of it. one day.

so that sunday evening, the sun was setting over the cotton fields here in middle georgia. i sorta felt like i was in the middle of nowhere but i was not alone. i worshiped Him as i felt the vulnerability of the today we live in. vulnerability of what will this world be like for not only the four beautiful girls i’m raising but for my ( one day) grandbabies?

as i got closer to where i was meeting my clients, the simplistic beauty of nature reminded me that heaven & nature do sing to Him. they just keep on doing what they do every day. and so will i…trying desperately to love others well, live to glorify him with creativity and seek His wisdom…and keep thrill of the hope of the one day with me

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November 19, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Cathy G. - Oh my how I needed this reminder .. Encouragement … Hope … I do have 2 precious grandbabies and I think how pitiful this world is and I can grow so weary with watching the news and all! God bless you sweet Paige!!

November 19, 2015 - 2:14 pm

chrissi - perfectly said. some days just knowing that He will return is all that gets me through. …i wait to hear the angel’s voices♥

November 19, 2015 - 4:16 pm

JuliaW - Beautiful post, and just what I needed. Thank you.

November 19, 2015 - 10:27 pm

Lori H - Thank you, Paige. I so needed this today. This is another one that I will read again, and again. Sometimes it is easy to get bogged down in all the bad stuff going on. And O Holy Night is one of my favorite songs 🙂

November 21, 2015 - 11:20 am

Vicki S - Thank you for your beautiful words. The world could use more people like you.