I’ve just returned from the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions convention for all those in North America who serve homeless people in our communities. It has been a joyful three days, as our team experienced hundreds of like minded Christian missions from the U.S., Canada and Jamaica.
I want to share with you one of the stories we heard while there. I think this may speak to you in your daily walk today; I know it did to me.
Interviews are being done by national media of many of the survivors of the Storming of Normandy Beach on D-Day, World War II, to capture their stories while they are still living. One Marine was asked what was he thinking as he pushed toward the beach at Normandy, with bodies everywhere, the water red with blood, strewn with half alive broken bodies of his fellow soldiers. He told the interviewer, “I thought…we’re going to lose, we’re going to lose." Everything around him seemed to say that was so!
Then later another Air Force helicopter pilot was interviewed. He was at Normandy too, but up in the air in a reconnaissance helicopter. When asked what he was thinking as he surveyed the bloodbath below, he said, “I think we’re going to win, we’re going to win!” You see, he saw the failures of the landing boats and the many lives lost, but he could also see that some Allied Soldiers were making it up the hill to the bunkers and they were knocking out the machine gunners. Others were closing in from the back side of the bulkhead behind the enemy forces, and great progress was being made toward a victory!
In your life and in mine, we each must find our own “Hope to Go On” with our journey. I served professionally in the business community in Houston for 35 years, and I know what that daily challenge is like. Similarly, here at Star of Hope, those of us who are called to bring Hope to helpless people every day, face a personal challenge to find not only hope for ourselves, but for each of them.
So I was reminded and encouraged this week by three things…..God loves you and me very much. He has provided eternal Hope with Him through a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. And finally, he wants us to love others, bring them to Him, and help them with their daily need!
If you’re looking for something extra meaningful to do for others, I invite you to come and serve with us for a day here at the Star of Hope. I guarantee you will be blessed, you will make a difference in the life of someone very special to God, and you will leave thanking God for all your blessings…with a new Hope to Go On!
“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us." Romans 8:37
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