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Saturday 24 August 2019 – Holding Hope

Hebrews 6:13  When God made a promise to Abraham, because he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14  saying, “I will surely bless you and multiply you.” 15  And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. 16  Human beings, of course, swear by someone greater than themselves, and an oath given as confirmation puts an end to all dispute. 17  In the same way, when God desired to show even more clearly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it by an oath, 18  so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us. 19  We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, 20  where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

The writer of this letter invites his readers to “seize the hope” set before them. This hope – “a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul”  – is rooted in Jesus. The writer uses the image of Jesus who leads his followers “behind the curtain” into the presence of God.  This is the only hope that can survive history, and culture and religious expression.

As you approach Sunday – give thanks to the God of Abraham for the gift of life. Then hold to the ways of Jesus as the anchor for the future.

Ordinary 17 / Pentecost +10

39 God, Our Source of Hope

The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 243.

This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.

“To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” Finley Peter Dunne (1867–1936)