Sometimes Hope Whispers

 

sometimes hope whispers

By Sky Walden

I’ll be honest here: the concept of hope hasn’t been coming easily to me recently. My wonderful grandma died in July after 73 years of living. She was incredibly important to me, so her death has not been easy to deal with.

Obviously, when we’re grieving, hope isn’t exactly something that we have in abundance all the time. Oftentimes, my grief has become one of the darkest places I’ve been in. It’s hard to see that things can get better when you lose someone or something so profoundly important to you. As someone who hates change, I completely get that. I want things to stay the same all the time, so when I do lose things, I feel that loss deeply. I’m sure all of us do, too.

Thankfully, a timely reminder came for me earlier this week in an email from my dad. He said that God has been telling him how bright my future is.

I don’t think it needs to be said: I needed to hear that. After I read it, I realized how depressed I had become. I didn’t think there was any way out. Thanks to Dad’s email, that changed, and something clicked into place for me. I still miss my grandma so much, but I do know that the future is bright and better things are coming, however far away they may be. I also understand that it’s okay to be sad right now. But after my dad sent me that email, I have something I didn’t have before: hope. For me right now, hope is taking a bit of a different form than I’d imagined it would. Right now, this hope I have reminds me that things will get better eventually, no matter how soon they do. I’m content in the hard times, because I know my life will be better and beautiful someday.

I’d like to remind you of the same thing. Life can be so incredibly hard with all the things we face, grief being only one of these things. But your future is so, so bright. God says so through his word in Jeremiah 29:13– “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

In The Message translation of the Bible, Jeremiah 29:13 says this: “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” The great thing about God is that he knows the desires of our heart, even the ones we don’t even quite know about. This verse gives me hope that God will not only give me what I need, but what I desire as well. Overall, it’s a comforting thought that God is taking care of me, that He already knows my future, and He’s got it all planned out. He’s taking care of you too. I promise.

What I’m learning is that hope isn’t always a big thing, and it isn’t always immediate. Sometimes it’s a small knowing that things could get better tomorrow, or the next day, and that God is taking care of you. This hope may not be large or grand, but maybe that’s just what we need. Maybe we just need a little reminder of how incredibly and profoundly Jesus loves us and takes care of us.

Instead of a roaring fire, sometimes hope is a tiny flame. And I think that’s absolutely okay.

Hope doesn’t always shout. Sometimes, hope whispers.

“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops – at all.” – Emily Dickinson

Tiqvah: A Hope That Saves

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Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope! Today I declare that I will restore to you double.” Zechariah 9:12

In chapter two of the book of Joshua, there is a story about two Israelites who are sent to spy out the land of Jericho. Pursued by the people of the land, they found refuge in the house of an adulteress named Rahab. When the king of Jericho heard that the spies were being harbored in his land, he sent word to Rahab that she should turn them over to be taken into captivity. Instead, Rahab hid the men of Israel under stacks of flax on her rooftop; she told the king’s men that the spies had already fled the city, and sent them running in the wrong direction. After the king’s soldiers had gone, Rahab helped the two spies escape by letting them down a ~scarlet cord~ through her window and down the city wall. In return for saving their lives, the Israelites promised Rahab that they would protect her and all the members of her father’s household.

What does this story have to do with hope? The Hebrew word for hope is tiqvah (seen below). It comes from the root word kavah, which means to “trust” or “hope.” Originally, kavah meant to “twist” or “weave” the strands of a rope, in order to better be able to carry a heavy burden. Interestingly enough, this word is also used to describe the “scarlet cord” that Rahab used to help the men of Israel escape from Jericho. In the Hebrew language, Rahab saved the man of Israel by giving them hope (tiqvah!), and in the end, that hope is what earned the adulteress and her family a promise of safety.

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Much like Rahab for the spies, Yeshua (Jesus) offers us a lifeline. Though the world may beat and weigh us down (in fact, He promised that it would if we were faithful to Him) and situations may seem impossible, our hope in Him is comparable to a rope. The stronger and more resilient it is, the more easily we’ll be able to to persevere. With it, we can overcome any obstacle, carry any burden. All we have to do is believe in the promise of the One whose burden is light:

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-31

Readers: Has there ever been a time in your life when you were given (or gave someone else) hope? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Life in Hope

Life in Hope

Before I get started talking about hope, I would like you to mentally ask yourself a few questions.

What was your life like before you were saved?
What were your goals?
How were your relationships?
What were the feelings that you felt the most everyday?

You don’t have to answer, but for me, my everyday feelings were of guilt, fear, and shame! I had goals, but as a human they were mainly all for my own pleasure. My relationships were difficult, I was afraid of everyone, that my sins would be found out. My life summed up: I had no hope, only fear!

Christ was a scary choice for me! It was showing that I wasn’t perfect, that I was one hundred percent guilty, and totally deserved being sent to hell for everything I had EVER done!

Titus 3:7
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

1 Peter 1:21
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Having Christ gives us peace and a type of freedom, freedom from guilt, but also freedom in knowing we are saved and can die at anytime having peace in where we’re going! That’s an AMAZING freedom in this day and age, with the chance of dying at every crossing of the street or in just driving to work! We have to live with some type of hope in knowing where we are going, because other wise we are running around like people in a sinking boat who don’t know how to swim.

Proverbs 14:32
32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness:
but the righteous hath hope in his death.

Psalm 146:5
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God

Psalms 16:9
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:
my flesh also shall rest in hope.

If we have such an AMAZING hope then why don’t we share it? We more often then not forget that we should share this amazing hope, that there are people walking all around us who just want a rope of hope to grab on to! So next time you can, please give someone some hope!

We would love to hear what you do to try sharing the hope that is in you! Please contact us at graftedmag@gmail.com or at my personal email address: gingerzimmerman3@gmail.com

How to Contribute to Issue 4

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Grafted Readers,

Your submissions are what keep us going! Here’s how you can contribute to our next issue.

Issue 4 is going to be very self-reflective, so we’re asking for articles about this past year from our readers and from ourselves. We’re looking for triumphs, failures, summer stories, ambitions, musings, etc. As always they can be in any written form and there’s an option to be published on the website if you have something with movement or sound. We also accept photographs and pretty much anything else, so don’t hesitate to send us your work. If you have a great talent, we want to hear it and spread it throughout the world.

Guidelines:
All submissions must be previously unpublished on any form of media.
Photographs must be original to yourself and also unpublished anywhere other than Grafted magazine.
Articles are to be no longer than 1000 words long.
Any submission may not contain over 10 photographs.
With your submission, you may include a short bio about yourself. Please keep your bio to a maximum of 100 words long. You may also include a link to your blog or website. Please do not use this as an occasion to promote your website, but to add to Grafted Magazine.
Please refrain from any language you wouldn’t use in church or around your grandmother.

Submit an excerpt from your article, and/or a sampling of 2-3 photographs, to contact@graftedmagazine.com. For written submissions, please put “SUBMISSION | [theme or title of your article]” in the subject line. If you have a different type of project you’d like to share with us, please send us an email detailing your project or idea. The deadline for Issue 4 submissions is November 10th.

We can’t wait to see your amazing work!

Until Issue 4,
— Sky Walden, Submissions Manager

HOPE; Verses

 

Job 4:6

6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence,

thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

 

Job 11:18

18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope;

yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.

 

Job 14:7

7 For there is hope of a tree,

if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,

and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

 

Job 17:15

15 And where is now my hope?

as for my hope, who shall see it?

 

Job 31:24

24 If I have made gold my hope,

or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;

 

Psalms 16:9

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:

my flesh also shall rest in hope.

 

Psalms 22:9

9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb:

thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.

 

Psalms 31:24

24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart,

all ye that hope in the Lord.

 

Psalms 33:18

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him,

upon them that hope in his mercy;

 

Psalms 33:22

22 Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us,

according as we hope in thee.

 

Psalms 38:15

15 For in thee, O Lord, do I hope:

thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

 

Psalms 39:7

7 And now, Lord, what wait I for?

my hope is in thee.

 

Psalms 42:5

5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me?

hope thou in God:for I shall yet praise him

for the help of his countenance.

 

Psalms 43:5

5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?

hope in God:for I shall yet praise him,

who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

 

Psalms 71:5

5 For thou art my hope, O Lord God:

thou art my trust from my youth.

 

Psalms 71:14

14 But I will hope continually,

and will yet praise thee more and more.

 

Psalms 78:7

7 That they might set their hope in God,

and not forget the works of God,

but keep his commandments:

 

Psalms 119:81

81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation:

but I hope in thy word.

 

Psalms 119:114

114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield:

I hope in thy word.

 

Psalms 146:5

5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help,

whose hope is in the Lord his God:

Psalms 147:11

11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him,

in those that hope in his mercy.

 

Proverbs 14:32

32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness:

but the righteous hath hope in his death.

 

Lamentations 3:24

24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

 

Joel 3:16

The Lord also shall roar out of Zion,

and utter his voice from Jerusalem;

and the heavens and the earth shall shake:

but the Lord will be the hope of his people,

and the strength of the children of Israel.

 

Acts 2:26

26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

 

Acts 24:15

15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

 

Acts 27:20

20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.

 

Romans 5:2

2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

Romans 5:5

5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

Romans 8:24

24 For we are saved by hope:but hope that is seen is not hope:for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

 

1 Corinthians 13:13

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

 

1 Corinthians 15:19

19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

 

Galatians 5:5

5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

 

Ephesians 1:18

18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

 

Ephesians 4:4

4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

 

Titus 3:7

7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 

1 Peter 1:21

21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.