Monday, 18 February 2019

Wait and Hope - The Count of Monte Cristo

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When Alexandre Dumas wrote his epic The Count of Monte Cristo I wonder if he realised how many people would be drawn to God's love through his beleaguered character Edmond Dantes. For it is in this man's struggle for revenge, hope, love and freedom that we can see the story of Grace written for all of us to see.

On occasions when we wrestle with forgiveness - forgiving others and asking for our own forgiveness - we tend to think that resolutions will be quick. However, they seldom are. In fact, usually one is resigned to wait and hope for peace to prevail. It is these words 'wait and hope' that strike at the heart of God's design. Nothing is done quickly - but it is always filled with HOPE.

"Live and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget that, until the day comes when God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these words: WAIT AND HOPE! Your friend, Edmond Dantes (Count of Monte Cristo)"

Is there something you have been praying for? What do these two words mean for you today - WAIT, HOPE?

Lamentations 3:28-30 - When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.

Living in Grace

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