31 Days

God of Hope (#write31days-Day 16)

This is one of the crosses on that wall I talked about in a post last week. It’s small, but it stands out, with the light colors and the giant letters spelling HOPE.

The verse written on the cross comes from Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

What strikes me about this verse is that right away we are reminded where hope comes from. There are many names and descriptions for our Heavenly Father, but “God of hope” certainly is definitive. Hope written vertically reminds me of the hands of Jesus nailed to the cross. There’s so much hope in the willingness of our Savior to live so that He could die for every person in the world.

What I also love about this verse is that we are being filled by God, not trying (and failing) over and again to do what we think we need to do to be filled up.

I love the imagery of us being filled like a cup. As that brewed coffee fills my cup on a cool, fall morning, I can also be filled with joy and peace by my Maker.

And while we try not to pour too much coffee goodness into our cups, so as not to spill, the overflow of hope from God is more than enough (and will keep coming) through the power of the Holy Spirit.


  • Kim

    When I arrived at church and sat down at my desk this morning, (I don’t work on Monday) I immediately saw the wooden cross that says “Hope” across its middle that sits in front of my keyboard and I thought of this post. My cross arrived secretly a few months ago after our congregation received difficult news that prompted my emotions to swell and out came a poem about Hope that I ended up sharing with all. That quiet gift has been a powerful blessing when I struggle through our current situation.

    • emily

      Thank you for sharing, Kim! I am glad that so many others see our God of hope in their own lives, especially in the most difficult situations.

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