How do I choose a word — one word — for the year 2014? After all, there are so many “good” words that could make the short list. As I prayed, reflected and meditated on this blogging assignment, I kept coming back to one word.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
This verse was on the wall at a Flagstaff, Arizona shelter for women and children that became my temporary home several years ago. Hope is in the verse, and hope is part of the shelter’s name. This fall, I returned with my husband John to this women’s shelter to share my testimony at their annual banquet. It was an evening of renewed friendship, shared stories, and hope.
Hope returned again this week, as my creative soul began to heal and I sang and played music for the first time in twenty years. This week, John and I embraced hope and became sponsors to a little girl in Ghana. In this joyous season, we sing songs of hope as we greet the newborn King.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
You can read more ideas from Compassion Bloggers, who are linking up and sharing a word for 2014. What is your word for the coming year?