Faith, Hope and Love
Chaplain Patty Sleebos
Shelby Baptist Medical Center
With the holiday season upon us the scent of homemade bread, pies, cinnamon and other wonderful aromas are beginning to fill the air. Christmas carolers create a warm festive presence as plans of gathering with family and friends are well on its way. All of these things are signs of the holiday season and are wonderful to experience. However, while reflecting further on this time of year some may not be experiencing the brightness of the festivities, because of illness or perhaps a loss of a family member. With this in mind, I thought about faith, hope and love and how they too can lift our spirits. Faith brings hope into all situations and love holds the bonds of family and friendships together.
Faith - Faith in itself is a reward that enables us to endure tribulation. During difficult times it is important to remember our faith doesn’t give us an insurance policy against the unexpected. Instead, our faith gives us an assurance policy that in difficult times, God is with us. "The Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel (God with us)." (Isaiah 7:14, NIV)
Hope - Hope is a dynamic thing and like faith itself, it grows as we grow. "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, NIV)
Love - The greatest love any of us could ever experience is the love of God. His love never diminishes and never dies, because it is the love of the Creator toward His creation. As we reach out to others we pass on His love though a smile, an embrace, words of encouragement, or acts of kindness. "Love… hopes all things and endures all things. Love never fails." (I Corinthians 13:7,8)
During this holiday season may faith, hope and love abound richly in your life.
Prayer: Father of Heaven and earth, thank you for being a God that loves us unconditionally and is always with us, bringing us a blessed assurance of hope through Christ.