As Christian authors, we write stories to give hope.
Whatever the genre the plot is usually about someone's
dreams being fulfilled. Maybe not as they'd visualized but with a wonderful end
result. And we want to allow our main characters to grow emotionally and
There's no doubt HOPE is what keeps us going ... moving
forward and never giving up. God has given us that ability. Even so it is still
a choice we have to make even when things seem impossible.
years ago when God allowed the Jews to be be captured by the King
Nebuchadnezzar, the ruler of the Babylonian kingdom, He gave them hope for their
future. Yes, they'd sinned against His Word, by listening to evil prophets and
diviners, consequently being caught up with horrible practices. Yet even after
they'd been carried off to a far land he granted them hope. Hope that if they
repented of their wrongdoing, He would again bring them back into their own
land. In fact He said an amazing thing to them through the prophet Jeremiah. We
"I will fulfill my gracious promise
to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you," declares
the lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a
future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to
you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your
We may face some limiting circumstances today. We may
have lost a dear one, or are facing financial difficulties, disappointments, or a debilitating
illness. Now is the time for us to seek the Lord with all our hearts.
Dear writers, find your hope in
Him for the coming year.