Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Future and Hope

Stevie was getting nothing out of the sermon. It had been this way for several Sundays. Not that the pastor was boring or ineffective. To the contrary, he was one of the most insightful and engaging Bible teachers Stevie had ever heard. He was the main reason she and Jon began attending the church as new Christians hungry to learn about God, faith, and the Bible.

But that was when Dougie and Shawna were small and Collin's existence was still under discussion. Her favorite Bible verse in those days was Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'" She almost laughed out loud as she thought of those words now. What future and what hope? she mused silently. Is this it, the best I have to look forward to?

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