the True thread of hope

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“I’m not sure I like this song. It’s kind of depressing, almost makes one feel less hopeful. I mean, ‘frail and torn’? Sounds like defeatism to me,” I said, turning to my boyfriend at the time, seeing one of his hands leave the steering wheel and move toward the volume dial of the stereo console. But my hand found his, our fingers entwining before he could increase the sound.

“I disagree,” he said, our interlaced hands now resting between us, his eyes still on the road ahead. “It’s all about hope, redemption. That it’s going to be okay.”

Hearing the lyrics  ‘My soul feels crushed by the weight of this world‘ did not, though, evoke hopeful bliss within me! Rather it seemed, in my perception, to swell feelings of being too worn to go on.

Wouldn’t it be more valuable to not hear or speak those gloomy words, and instead only focus on the favorable?

Only think and speak the positive, so to speak? In other words, take control and fix whatever feelings  weigh me down with a warm blanket made of feel good threads.

Threads of phrases and idioms: This too shall pass. Every cloud has a silver lining. Threads of manuals and instructions: Eat Better, Feel Better. Steps to Better Living.Threads of accomplishments: Diplomas. Degrees. Promotions. Goals Achieved. Threads of comfort consumerism: Pandora Charms. Specialty Chocolate. Coffee Lattes.

Threads of …. so many different threads that come from my spools branded Feel Better By Own Efforts.

These threads are of a variety of colours, strengths and lengths, weaving together a blanket that can be satisfactory and mending, thermal and sufficient.

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And yet…

This blanket tainted by spools of Feel Better By Own Efforts threads that break, entangle, and decompose leave only dust behind. What once comforted me for a moment, a season, is reduced, broken of it’s parts to crumble and decay.

And, if this blanket tainted with threads of Feel Better By Own Efforts has value for a time, yet limited, for it is frail and tears, and eventually passes on, what then can I eternally wrap myself in that does not decompose when weighed down by this world?

And the lyrics of Worn came into my thoughts.

And I know that you can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left

Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That you can mend a heart that’s frail and torn.                                                                                                                     Tenth Avenue North

It is only through the blanket weaved in threads of Everlasting Truth that give ever lasting comfort and rest.

Colossians 1:7: And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Psalm 147: 3:  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

I do not cross roads with that old boyfriend of a few years back, yet if I did I may just let him know that when Worn plays through my car radio, I now reach out and turn up the volume.

1 Peter 1:3: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

What blanket are you wrapping yourself in today?

 

 

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16 thoughts on “the True thread of hope

  1. Lynn,
    I LOVE that you now turn up the song as an exercise in hope and redemption! All the threads you mention that make us feel good are only covering up the only truth that does have the power to turn our emotions and thoughts in another direction. (Although they may comfort us for a short time!) The verse in Peter is a favorite of mine that speaks to a living hope — those are the words that bring comfort to me! xoxo

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    1. You say it so well Valerie. Yes, those threads only cover up the only truth that has true power. Plugging in, wrapping in that truth too, that He died for us so we could live is a thread that never ever breaks. I’m glad to read I chose one of your favourite verses! Hugs!

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  2. I love that song “Worn.” It speaks the cry of my heart. The redemption becomes all the sweeter when we know how frail and torn we are, doesn’t it? How true it is that we can weave together so many different threads to blanket ourselves with, but they will eventually decompose. I’m for that blanket weaved together with Everlasting Truth! 🙂 Blessings and hugs to you, dear Lynn!

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    1. As you read, it took me a while to grasp the meaning of that song! Tenth Avenue North has become one of my favourite Christian bands now. God sure works with us to clear our eyes to receive the good news. May you be wrapped in His blanket of grace, mercy and love today Trudy! You are a blessing to me and many! Hugs back.

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  3. You are so right about some lyrics crushing one down rather than lifting them up to hope and positive thoughts. I like songs as “Bridge over troubled waters” or “You have a friend” with their positive lyrics. I like your St Peter quotation in this respect.

    God bless you.

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  4. You craft your words so beautifully, weaving a perfect picture of how we rely on ourselves and temporary worldly things for false comfort…and yet you bring us on your drive right to the arms of God! How beautiful! I love how you would now turn up the radio because you know the true Great Comforter! Blessings Lynn!

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  5. “what then can I eternally wrap myself in that does not decompose when weighed down by this world?” – This is such a common question I am hearing these days. Friends, co-workers, family. So many are searching for something to cling to! Knowing that our Father will no waiver, that He is Sovereign is the fulfilment we need. I love this theme, Lynn! And I love that you now turn it up! 🙂

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  6. Hi Lynn! I couldn’t help but think about the threads of your fingers in your boyfriend’s hand too. That is so healing too, right? “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” That is the ultimate healing, even though it sounds so unfinished. That’s my new mantra. Hope in him, and let go of my own anxieties. Not so easy!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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  7. Lynn, that song speaks to me too. The hope that redemption will one day win, that God knows our frail hearts and strengthens them in His way and His time. 🙂

    Threads . . . I have some of those same threads woven into my blanket. I’m trying to be in a place where Jesus can replace them with His truth and His love. He is truly the only One who can make everything all better.

    Loved this post, friend!

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