All of us loved the sound the Christmas bulb made when it popped from a direct BB hit. In addition to bulbs, we also took aim at tin cans, broken toys, egg cartons or whatever trashed items we found littered around the lake.  Pretty much anything that was hittable from a prone position at about 50 feet was used to create an “arcade like” array of targets. We competed for bragging rights as to who was the best shot in the neighborhood. Dad created the game and refereed our squabbles when we differed on alleged rule violations.

It was a game created by my Dad to make a memory with his boys. I remember it like it was yesterday yet hit happened a half a century ago. Funny how this memory of my dad popped up when I changed out a few burned out Christmas bulbs this month. He’s been gone for three years now.

I really miss him.

Perhaps your holiday celebration was a mixed bag of joy and sadness because you miss a loved one who has gone home to be with the Lord. My prayer for you is that you make hope your theme in 2017. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 says this. “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”

I miss shooting my BB gun because of what it represented. Time with Dad. Thankfully the Bible declares that my time with him, though suspended for the time being, has actually only just begun. 🙂

Hope has so many dimensions for the Believer. Yes, that same hope of eternity takes on a different flavor as we step into the uncertainties of a new year, but it’s still a confidence that we can have though we don’t know what tomorrow brings. The Bible also declares that I can be hopeful of an adventurous 2017 as I learn and grow as a child of God.

Hope…it really makes a difference, does it not?

No matter what you’re facing going forward, I pray that your 2017 is stitched with hope because of God’s promised presence. As a child of God, you and I can go forth into a new year confident that he holds every tomorrow in his mighty hand.

Praying that you will have a hopeful new year!


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