Show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk. Lead me; teach me; for you are the God who gives me salvation. I have no hope except in you. Overlook my youthful sins, O Lord! Look at me instead through the eyes of mercy and forgiveness, through eyes of everlasting love and kindness.
The Lord is good and glad to teach the proper path to all who go astray; he will teach the ways that are right and best to those who humbly turn to him. And when we obey him, every path he guides us on is fragrant with his lovingkindness and his truth. Psalms 25: 4-10 (TLB)
Linda Chandra lives in Banten, Indonesia. The loneliest Christmas she ever spent was when her spouse had to work outside the city, leaving her alone with their baby who was sick at the time. So when their neighbor asked her to watch her 12-year-old daughter because she wanted to go to the hospital, Linda agreed.
After putting her baby to bed, the girl and Linda read the story of Jesus' birth. She had never heard about Jesus, but she was interested, so Linda gave her the book. Her mom picked her up the next day, and Linda lost touch with them because Linda moved away.
David also experienced loneliness. But in David's loneliness, he said, "My hope, Lord, is in you" (Ps.25:21). As God did for David and for Linda, God can change loneliness into something valuable.
Seven years later, Linda met the girl on the train. She told Linda that she and her mom had since become Christians. After that night when she stayed at Linda's house, her heart wanted to know more about Jesus - she still keeps the book Linda gave to her. She is now taking theology classes and feels called to be an evangelist. As she spoke, Linda cried tears of happiness. Her heart rejoices because God is in her, and God is her hope.
How about you? Is God in you and does He give you hope? As we approach Easter, we should remember all God has done for us by sending is only Son to die on the cross for our sins. He certainly is my hope and I hope He is yours.
Prayer: Dear Father, give us hope when we fell lonely. Show us your ways, O Lord, and teach us to follow you, in Jesus' name, amen.
Candle of Hope