Jesus: Our Word and Hope for the World

By Mnqobi Ngwenya, of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope…  Psalm 130:4–5

Among all the earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear-waste dangers, political uprisings, floods, tornadoes, wars, and poverty, I hunger and thirst for the word of God.

Those conditions prompt me to think about the meaning of the times in which we live.

I am reminded each time I read the newspaper or watch the news on television not to ignore what is happening around the world. I seek the word of Jesus. We need to seek the words of wisdom and hope from Jesus to help us live in these times.

I have asked myself whether the church is aligned with its mission and vision, considering the times in which we find ourselves. It is. Reading Daily Bread not only prepares us but assures me of this. Daily Bread keeps refreshing us in our journey of faith and discipleship.

To stay faithful to Jesus’ work, we need to embrace the teachings of Christ. If we can focus on the hope of Christ, it will help us through difficult times. Let us spend time immersed in his word so we can remain hopeful and not be overwhelmed by current events.

When there seems to be no reason for trust, just trust the Divine. God will not let you down.

Prayer for Peace:

Living God, please give us strength to endure the difficult times we sometimes face, and may the love and peace of Jesus Christ be with us to share.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Caring for God’s Sacred Creation

Each day this week choose a way to notice, give thanks, and care for God’s sacred creation. Prayerfully consider one of the following suggested practices or create your own.

Walk in nature with a spirit of gratitude and “holy attention.” Write a psalm of praise for the beauty of the Earth or a prayer of healing and blessing for the wounds of the Earth. Learn about and engage in an act of Earth-keeping such as recycling, simple living, fasting from over-consumption of resources. Notice the unique diversity of the planet’s creatures and be gentle to plants, animals, trees, and people! Fall in love with the vast, intricate wonder of God’s creation and give thanks.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will immerse myself in the word of Christ.

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2 Comments

  1. Susan Kimes

     /  17 August 2012

    This testimony is a witness to me that our faith movement is alive today. From all corners of the earth, the work is relevant & alive in Christ. Thank you for sharing & reminding us all to keep ourselves fortified by his word. God Bless

  2. A very beautiful testimony of the love of God. No matter the circumstances in our life, we hold firmly to the word of God. Thank you for sharing your testimony Mnqob.i

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