March 22, 2018


By: Jessica Lippe [Central Point, OR]

“Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go.”
Genesis 28:15a (NRSV)

I had never been more lost than when I stepped off the train in Venice. I knew my hotel was a few blocks from St. Mark’s Square, so I followed a sign that pointed to “Piazza San Marcos.” An hour later, I hadn’t seen any other signs. My GPS wasn’t working, and I couldn’t find anyone to help me. I boldly kept walking and finally found my hotel.

Jessica in Venice

Several other times during my stay, I got lost on purpose so that I could experience the city. After I left, I realized how much of my life is like my time in Venice. Sometimes I wander, knowing I have a destination to reach, but not knowing how long it will take or what my next turn should be. God allows me to explore and to get lost so that I gain experience and understanding. Thankfully, it’s impossible to wander so far that God can’t hear me when I ask for directions!

I don’t like feeling lost.
I like to have a plan.
But things aren’t always under my control.
Sometimes I feel completely and totally lost.
When that happens, I remind myself
that God is watching over me.
Maybe my life won’t go as planned.
Maybe I will feel lost occasionally.
But God is with me. And I can trust that
I will never be lost to God.

Bethany Acker [Plover, WI]

March 23, 2018

Right There

Hold On To Hope

Being truly hopeless is frightening. Hopelessness can eat away at us until there’s nothing left. Hold on to hope. Let it become a light for the dark days when all seems lost. Offer hope to others. Give them the gift that God has given you, the assurance that light shines through the darkness.


March 24, 2018

Never Give Up



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