Looks like we made it! As 2020 draws to a close, it’s easy to get lost in the expectation of something new. After all, most will quickly characterize 2020 as one to be forgotten. Amid pandemics, political vitriol, social unrest, and more — what seem to be the hallmarks of this monumental year — is finding hope even possible?
Yes, I am ready for new beginnings and fresh starts just like the next person, but I also don’t want to overlook the bright spots that have emerged from this challenging year.
As a believer, I’m finding hope and renewed comfort focusing on the sovereignty of God. In the space of quarantine, I found opportunities to practice “listening” and “being still.” As social and political tensions kicked up, I had ample opportunities to remind others that God is still on His throne and He redeems all He allows.
Like you, perhaps, I am tired of disappointments and disease. I am ready to return to a world of hugs and parties and social closeness. However, as the year 2020 concludes, I want to focus on the many ways God has been glorified. How a hurting world provides believers new and unique ways to point others to the only One who can heal.
Yes, 2020 is drawing to a close, but rather than a conclusion, I’m trying to see it as the start of something beautiful and new — finding hope for me, for the Church, and for a weary world that’s watching.
This week’s prompt :: Conclude
This post is part of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up. It’s an opportunity to join up with a community of writers and bloggers of all ages and stages who gather around a single word prompt to free-write, unscripted and unedited, for five minutes.
10 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Concluding with Hope”
Good words. Thanks for sharing.
(Visiting from #35)
Thank you, Sandra!
This tarnished year will be soon be gone,
but not without a trace;
the vitriol will linger on,
and so, indeed may grace
if we choose to let it live
amidst the flames of hate.
We, my friend, can still forgive;
it’s really not too late
to reach a hand across the wire,
to put the banners down
and to let a smile inspire,
banishing the frown
that has creased many a brow;
let us thus change this twist of now!
So beautiful…thank you for sharing, Andrew!
What a wonderful read. Thank you for sharing such an insightful and encouraging post. Blessings.
Visit from FMF#5
Thank you, Paula! I am new to the FMF gathering, and I have felt so encouraged by the kind words and support:) Merry Christmas!
i like your viewpoint. So good to look forward with hope, the promise of a new beginning. 🙂
Thank you, Annette! I appreciate your kind words. Blessings to you this Christmas season:)
This is beautiful and so true! Blessed to be your neighbor at FMF this week!
Thank you, Tara. Happy to know my words resonated with you. Blessings to you!