Then he spotted "The Bridge of Hope." It is from Kinkade's Bridges of Inspiration collection. Thomas Kinkade writes:
The Bridge Of Hope is as stable as the massive granite flagstones that form
its arch and will stand for as long as the quicksilver brook rolls down from
the hills beneath it. A magnificent white dogwood, symbol of the purity of
God's grace, shades the bridge. Its over-arching boughs remind us that, while
we stand on the Bridge Of Hope, we are enshrouded by the loving embrace
of our creator.
We have a very strong faith; but, life has a way of piling up. There are more days at the end of the month than money. You need a root canal and tooth implant. Your boss just brought you in a project that is due in a week and you are suppose to go on vacation tomorrow. The car is making a noise. The kids are making noise. The dishwasher has sprung a leak. The in laws are coming this weekend. You are late leaving work and your kids have a ball game in twenty minutes. Your parent's health is failing and you are beginning to wonder if they might have to move in with you. And so it goes on and on and on.... You keep looking for a break but there doesn't ever seem to be one. You try to find a way around the challenges until you realize the only way is to "get over it." But, the "stuff" is so deep you would need a bridge, a bridge of Hope!
As I look at the painting it seems as if the brook begins in the clouds. It moves slowly and gently down the mountain as the light of God dances across it. Ezekiel 47 says a stream of living water flows out from under the altar. I imagine this stream beginning in the hands of God flowing out from under altar through the church and out into the world, growing in abundance as it moves. It is lined by beauty as flowers blossom in vibrant colors. Trees spring forth with graceful drooping leaves. The pathway to the bridge shimmers with the golden light of God's love and it leads right up to the bridge. The bridge arches over the tumbling stream to a place of promise and hope.
We all need a bridge of hope, a person of Hope. "He is my safe place and my tower of strength: he is my God, in whom is my hope." Psalm 91:2 Hope is not wishful thinking. It is confident trust. We trust God! But, life has been getting in it's licks and we needed something to anchor us. To show us the shimmer of God's grace in our lives right now. To show us that God is still working for a favorable outcome. And, we may have found it this week!
Jessica's doctor has identified a drug trial for Jessica. A drug trial is the concluding stages of the testing of a new drug regime for a specific treatment. In the trial, typically, there are two groups of patients. Both groups receive the standard treatment. One group of patients in addition receive the new drug regime. The other group receives a placebo. (It is a necessary way of evaluating the real potential for a new medication.) This trial in particular has already been going on for a little while and is showing great promise in treating and SHRINKING advanced renal cells. This may be our bridge of hope. Jessica and Jason will be going to Augusta for an interview and evaluation to see if she qualifies for the program on July 24. If she qualifies she will be put on a waiting list.
You have been asking what you could do to help. Here it is! PRAY for this visit. Pray that she will qualify. Pray that she will not have to wait to start the program. Pray that she will get the medication and not the placebo. Pray that it is a success!
God answers prayers. He has and is answering our prayers. We are thankful for all that He has already done for us and are confident He is continuing to work for us building a bridge of Hope. He is building one for you too. You will find it first in His word and in His presence. And in the people He has placed around you to "enshroud" you with His loving embrace. Thank you for embracing us with His hope!