Reading: Isaiah 11: 10-16
Imagine how it would have felt to be an Israelite in the days of the Exodus. You are hungry, thirsty, and tired of waiting for freedom since you have been a slave for hundreds of years. The Israelites did not know what was going to happen to them. They were taking risks when they decided to leave Egypt.
We, too, take many risks in our lives. Sometimes while taking these risks, we are hungry, thirsty, and tired. We look to the future and hope that things will turn out the way we want them to.
There are many high points and low points in our lives. We enjoy the mountaintop experiences but hope things will get better during the valleys of our existence.
Throughout good times and bad, we must look to the future with hope and optimism. This is seen quite frequently during Advent when we are looking forward to Christmas with hope and celebration. But anytime is a good time to be optimistic.
Look to the future with hope. You may be surprised with the outcome. The Israelites were! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Lord of our life and God of our Salvation,
You are the star of our night and the hope of every nation.
You can and will preserve us and help us when our earthly armor fails.
Grant us peace, Lord, and give us future hope.
(LBW Hymn #366, “Lord of our Life”)
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