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Lent 5: Searching for Hope

During this time of social isolation and dependency on connection through screen time, it can be hard to live in the moment and find hope. How can we live in the moment? Where can we find hope?

Last Friday, I can across this cherry blossom tree that visibly looks dead in a line of very alive trees. In this tree, I found hope because it had fresh limbs and it was still blooming. This tree is a symbol of hope in the midst of darkness. Can this tree help us find hope right now? What can we do to live in the moment, in the midst of challenging times? How can we find and create hope in our world right now?

Last week and the beginning of this week, I was struggling to find hope. My classes went online, my housing search was put on hold, my church was closed, and my planning for the next three months was halted. I was searching for hope and didn't even know it.

After talking to friends and hearing from others, I realized that others were struggling too. Although our struggles were different, we all were just searching for ways to live in the moment.

Then, for some reason, I got the urge that I needed to do something. I felt God calling me to find ways to help. Soon, I found myself volunteering to lead a small group for my church and a kid's workout and devotion for my friends. In this, I felt hope but I was also nervous because leading things online was all new for me. But a sense of calm and excitement came after I lead the first kid's workout and devotion with my friends and their kids on Wednesday. So, I am ready to lead my second kid's workout and devotion today and my first small group tonight. The kid's workout in now open to all ages on Tuesdays at 4:45pm and Fridays at 2pm. The small group meets tonight at 8pm and then regularly on Tuesdays at 7:30pm. If you are interested in joining these, click here to contact me.

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