A Window of Hope

That is my own kitchen window, pictured above in the blog’s header.   The photo says it all.  The Cross made by the sashes of my neighbor’s window is so pure and clean, oh how it shines in the darkness. It reminds me of the hope I hold, everyday.  I want to know nothing else among you, except that Cross, and the One crucified upon it.  One writer says of it,  “The Cross of Christ is the glorious reflection of God’s love to the world, but it is more than that only; it focusses the infinite love and throws it burning and transforming upon the heart that bows beneath it.  It is ours and all our own.  The love that endured disgrace and poverty and pain could only be for such as we are.  Now it is ours to ask this question with a boldness triumphant as [Paul’s] of old, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”*

  The ledge of my window has held more than just vases of flowers and votives.  At one particularly desperate time, there was a verse scrawled on a scrap of paper resting there, and it brought such comfort.  With that comfort, I hope to comfort other troubled pilgrims.  We cannot face the darkness ahead  without the bulwark of our position, that of being hidden in Christ from the foundation of the world, strengthening our hearts.  It is a truly immovable place,  as there we rest in that shining Cross, and in  a Word that speaks from all eternity:

“Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him,
for he shields him all day long,
and the one the LORD loves rests
between his shoulders.” (Deut. 33:12)

  Israel  spoke these words to encourage his son Benjamin, who would become a tribe that would fall into grave sin, and become  a remnant. But Jesus bore Benjamin’s sins into the Most Holy Place. And like all who have fallen,  even the Apostle who denied Him thrice, Jesus has prayed for us!  As we rest in His finished work, we who have been cleansed by His blood, and continue to be cleansed by His Word, can we really fall away? Oh to Him who is able to keep His beloved children, be all the glory, both now and forever!   Oh, beloved of the Lord, do not cast away your confidence, it has great reward!  Only hold the faithfulness of God. (Mark 2:22)

 

 

 

*God’s Cure For Worry, by Mark Guy Pearce (David Wilkerson Publications 2005).  One of my favorite books, first published a century ago, forgotten by the world, but recovered for the saints for such a time as this. It was  found in a thrift shop and reprinted by  David Wilkerson.  This book I return to again and again, in these worrisome days, to remind myself  with  Pearce’s most edifying words, of the pagan nature of worry. Pearce considers the lilies, and the birds, and draws beautiful word pictures of the  Father’s tender care for all of His Creation, but most especially His Children.

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9 Comments on “A Window of Hope”

  1. redeemedhippiesplace Says:

    You have a very strong gift in writing, dear friend. I knew that back at ETPW. You had and have a way with words. Let me encourage you to keep it up. I am glad I came here. It reminded me of what I truly truly need to be focused on: the Cross.

    I also needed to be reminded of this:
    “We cannot face the darkness ahead without the bulwark of our position, that of being hidden in Christ from the foundation of the world.”

    When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I!

    God bless you in all you do for Him in this place. May it be a safe haven for those who need such a place, may it be one of integrity and honesty and may thousands and thousands be able to read what God puts on your heart for these last days.

    Love you!

    • Karen Butler Says:

      Thank you for your kind words and lovely blessing, RH! I was a little embarrassed to approve it, until I remembered, “Who made man’s mouth?” All the glory goes to Him! I am grateful He used me to encourage you, dear one.

      I am so thankful the Lord has brought you back into my life. Talking with you and ianvincent again is the only blessing in this debacle.

  2. ianvincent Says:

    Isn’t Jesus wonderful!!

    God bless you sister

    • Karen Butler Says:

      Oh, thank you for your comment, and blessing, ianvincent! You could not have said a more precious word to me, at this time, than to remind me to return my gaze to Him.

      He is wonderful, yet His people perplex and distress! So I will look at Him, and ask for His view of them, again, and again. Oh, show me how to love like you do, Lord!

  3. mkayla Says:

    How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news,
    Who proclaims peace,
    Who brings glad tidings of good things,
    Who proclaims salvation,
    Who says to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!”
    Your watchmen shall lift up thier voices,
    With thier voices they shall sing together;
    for they shall see eye to eye
    When the Lord brings back Zion.
    Break forth in joy, sing together,
    You waste places of Jerusalem!
    For the Lord has comforted His people,
    He has redeemed Jerusalem.
    The Lord has made bare His holy arm
    In they eyes of all the nations;
    And all the ends of the earth shall see
    The salvation of our God. Isaiah 52:7-10

    How fitting this moment here, the three of us here together! How much like our Lord God to bring joy in the morning! I look up out of the darkness and see that nothing of God has changed. He is the same moment by moment, constant and secure. And again I remember the hope, the promise and rejoice here with you!! I am greatly moved!

  4. Karen Butler Says:

    mkayla, thank you for sharing that encouragement with me. What a beautiful scripture! I sing with you, sister, and am glad we see eye to eye. He is good to us in Jesus!

  5. redeemedhippiesplace Says:

    I feel like tiny Tim in the Christmas carol when I say this, but: May God bless us all, each and every one!

    Be blessed precious endtime friends! Be blessed and stand, when having done all, stand!

  6. Karen Butler Says:

    Amen and Amen RH! “He will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusts in Thee. Trust in the Lord forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.” Is. 26:3

    I will be away for a few days my friends, but will return on Tuesday. Grace and peace to you all.

  7. Sylvia Says:

    Karen

    Blessings to you sister.
    I trust that all is well with you, and assure you of my ongoing thoughts and prayers.
    I look forward to many more threads on this blog.
    Phil: 1 v 2/3

    Sylvia


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