Where’s Our Hope?

Gina Butz expectations, faith, hope 0 Comments

I’ve never been an optimist. I don’t like to call myself a pessimist, though. I prefer “realist” because it sounds better. Less of a downer. I just don’t want to be disappointed. Who does? Yet all the time, in so many ways, we hope. I hope that the light will stay green until I get through it, or there will be …

Looking for God in the Right Places

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There’s so much we miss if we aren’t looking for it. One morning last week my husband told me there was a hawk in the backyard. I glanced out the kitchen window and observed nothing. Later, he came in again and asked, “Did you see the hawk?” “No,” I replied, assuming it had flown away. “It’s still there. It’s been there all …

He Makes Me Brave

Gina Butz courage, faith 0 Comments

I recently started a new role in our ministry, and I find myself again in uncomfortable places. They’re uncomfortable because they are unfamiliar. I’m being introduced to people I don’t know as someone who has something to offer. I don’t know how they will respond to my ideas, my actions, if they want what I have to give. They’re uncomfortable …

Looking for Jesus

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It seems like people have always been looking for Jesus. The wise men looked for him when they saw his star in the East. Mary and Joseph spent three days looking for their son in the temple after they realized he wasn’t with them on their journey. (Can you imagine? “I thought he was with you!” “I thought he was with you!”). …

Why Christmas Reminds Me to Hope in God

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I hate waiting. That’s why I have Amazon Prime. ‘Tis the season of waiting. We wait in lines, for packages to arrive, for family, friends, parties, planes. In the Bible, the word wait is often translated hope. They are intertwined. We must wait for the objects of our hope. Hope feels deeper. We don’t just hope for that gift we …