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Hope Together

How is your new year going? We either made resolutions or refused to. Perhaps we have intentions or aims. You might have picked a word for the year. 

I didn’t think I picked a word for the year, but one just keeps popping up. Sometimes when I’m looking for answers or advice, I want God to speak directly to me, send me an email or a text. I wonder how often I miss what God’s trying to say.

There’s no missing it now – God keeps pushing, shoving, throwing this one word in front of me:


The devotion I wrote last week lifted up the words “Hope Forward” for our new year. Now everything I read seems to have something to do with hope. The novel I just finished. The non-fiction book I’m reading (Wholehearted Faith by Rachel Held-Evans & Jeff Chu.) My morning devo. Posts on social media.

In the midst of so much news to despair about, God keeps lifting up HOPE.

I hope it’s not just me, I trust you see it too. Like this post I ran across:

Instead of resolving to do better, be smaller, eat cleaner, or work harder, resolve to know you’re loved by the God of all creation who made your body, ordered your days, gave you seasons, and see all your hopes for 2022.”

Lore Wilbert

Let’s hope together this year. I think it’s easier if we do as community, we can encourage and affirm one another. May we see hope everywhere we turn.

We’ll be looking for you on Sunday at 10:00 am as we gather for worship. We welcome Jim Flanigan as our guest speaker. Jim has been involved with God’s Grace for many years, perhaps starting on a mission trip to Booneville, MS 12+ years ago. Now he’s the athletic director/tennis coach at Mountain Vista H.S. We’ll see photos of tennis players at GGCC over the years. It won’t be the same without.

Grace be with you,


May the God of hope fill you with such peace and joy in your faith, that you may be filled with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13