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Hope, Compassion, Love, and Faithfulness – Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!  I cannot believe that we are here at the last day of October.  (I also cannot believe that we had snow this weekend, but that’s another story.)  As I look back on the past month, I am thankful for God’s faithfulness and steadfast love.  As I recall, I started this month with feelings of anxiety and anticipation as we continued through a season of difficult memories.  Last year, Leanne came home from the hospital on October 1st and began extended care at a day program.  As we went through October last year, we were definitely trying to find a rock to stand on – some sort of normal – some type of answer that everything would be okay.

So as we started this October, things had been moving along pretty well.  We had started to hit a “normal” stride.  There was nothing to say that was going to change.  But I still carried some memories of last year.  As October has revealed itself each day, I have been relieved and renewed to see God’s faithfulness.  We’ve had a lot of things to be thankful for this month like:  a family trip to the Apple Farm/Pumpkin Patch, spectating at several of Hannah’s cross-country meets, enjoying food and friends at our 1st ever Chilifest, having the opportunity to serve at the Norristown Community House and Cradles to Crayons, and having the opportunity to share at a Group Leader Meeting.

While I’ve been processing these thoughts these days, it was appropriate that one of my readings from this weekend came from the book of Lamentations.  In this passage, I am reminded of hope, never-ending compassion, unfailing love, and enduring faithfulness that comes from God.  This is a great way to leave the month of October!

Yet this I call to mind 
   and therefore I have hope:

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, 
   for his compassions never fail. 
They are new every morning; 
   great is your faithfulness. 
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; 
   therefore I will wait for him.”

The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, 
   to the one who seeks him; 
it is good to wait quietly 
   for the salvation of the LORD. 
It is good for a man to bear the yoke 
   while he is young.

Let him sit alone in silence, 
   for the LORD has laid it on him. 
Let him bury his face in the dust— 
   there may yet be hope. 
Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, 
   and let him be filled with disgrace.

For no one is cast off 
   by the Lord forever. 
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, 
   so great is his unfailing love. 
For he does not willingly bring affliction 
   or grief to anyone.

Lamentations 3:21-33

How have you experienced God’s hope, never-ending compassion, unfailing love, and enduring faithfulness this month?


October 31, 2011 - Posted by | experiences, family, life, looking back, thankful, thoughts, trusting God, verses


  1. Jon, I met a wonderful couple of couples at the campground I lead at yesterday. They were extremely encouraging. It wasn’t anything big, but it was big nonetheless.

    Comment by LarryTheDeuce | October 31, 2011 | Reply

    • I get it! Aren’t those interactions incredible?

      Comment by jonstolpe | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  2. Great post to start my day. I have met God’s love through my family. Family is a great thing.

    Comment by ramblinknight | October 31, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Ryan!

      Comment by jonstolpe | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  3. Honeslty…by blogging peeps have given me much hope…

    Hope that the church of Christ…is getting stronger and more loving….

    Comment by Arny Sanchez | October 31, 2011 | Reply

    • I’m with you, Arny! I have been so encouraged by the blogging community.

      Comment by jonstolpe | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  4. Happy October! Yes, we have so much to thank God for in his faithfulness, in our family, and in his love.

    Comment by Leanne | October 31, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks! I’m so grateful for you!

      Comment by jonstolpe | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  5. I found a lot of hope in the way I’ve seen people at my church love others in the name of Jesus. It’s been refreshing.

    Comment by robshep | October 31, 2011 | Reply

    • I think serving and sharing along with the body of Christ can be so refreshing and hope filled. It seems like we know this, but we often don’t make time to roll up our sleeves and serve together. I HOPE we can change this some day.

      Comment by jonstolpe | November 6, 2011 | Reply

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