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Friday, February 12 Read Lamentations 3:1-25

But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope; the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore, I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:21-24

My Portion

Hope may be defined as a feeling of expectation, a desire for a certain thing to happen. An archaic definition might be a feeling of trust.

I have dealt with hope in a personal way. When one faces an end-of-life disease, hope becomes very important. Helplessness causes hope for a desired happening.

But is there more to hope than just wanting something to happen?

“The Lord is my portion…” At first I thought of portion as a part of something, a portion of pie. After consulting with Pastor Kristin, I now look at portion as a reference to being provided with everything I need, which leads to a feeling of trust. So, because the Lord’s love, mercies and great faithfulness to us never cease, I received all that I needed. When I acknowledged that God’s will, not my will, be done, I received everything that I needed. God was, and still is, my portion, my provider.

“…therefore, I will hope in him.” God provides for us, giving us what we need. In response to our portion, we hope in him. That is, we trust in him.

As we re-read the text, we are reminded that steadfast love never ceases, that mercies never come to an end – and of how great the Lord’s faithfulness is to us. The Lord provides us with everything that we need. In response, we place our trust in the Lord.

Hope drives all that we do. A feeling of expectation, a desire for a specific happening, a feeling of trust, all are part of hope. Without hope we have no goals, without hope we have no one in whom to trust. Everything begins and ends with God and hope.

Gene Bowers

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