My friend, may I ask you a question? Is your hope sustained us through trials, patience, which in turn makes you steadfast? Is it true that sometimes the bad things in life have a hidden good side if only we are willing to be patient and see what those good things might be?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

I had the occasion this past autumn to go down to market days in my local town. It was a crisp, early fall day; the sun was shining and there were literally hundreds of people milling through the streets carrying bags of produce, fruit and sundry other items that were being vended down Main Street. One vendor was selling helium-filled balloons to the children. There were children in strollers and children in tow and many of them were shepherding their colorful balloons as the procession made its way back and forth down the street. I stopped as one little boy, no more than three or four, released his balloon right in front of me. My first reaction was to grab it, but I wasn't fast enough. Up it went, higher and higher. I looked down at the little boy's face to see what I thought would be a frown or a pout. But he was smiling; fascinated by the balloons speed and wobble as it disappeared into the autumn sky.

Initially, when that balloon first left his grasp, I'm sure that little boy was sad. But, how that sadness turned into joy when that little boy discovered what that balloon could do. It was a matter of letting go.

Here's a story: A tiny leaf clung to its branch as the winds of fall blew harder and harder. Every day the wind came to visit the little leaf. It pushed him back and forth and encouraged him to break free and experience the freedom of a new life. "No!" warned the tree. You'll end up as dirt and nothing more." The little leaf trusted the tree. But everyday the wind came and beckoned him. Finally, one day late in the fall, he let go and floated to the ground. The last words he heard from above were "I told you so." After a time, the Little Leaf nodded off to sleep and a long time passed before it woke. He felt suddenly free to move about. "Didn't I promise all would be well," said the Wind. "You've become the dust of the Earth, so light and fine that I can carry you anywhere with me." And so the Wind did carry the dust of the Leaf and scattered it over fields, onto the backs of birds that flew to mountains and into streams that led to oceans. Finally he seeded the clouds with the last few tiny grains that were once the Little Leaf and it came back to Earth with the rains and snows bringing pure joy, a drop of hope and a touch of love everywhere he was planted. (Lisa Suhay)

Like that Little Leaf, our hope sustains us through our trials, it allows us to be patient, which in turn makes us steadfast. Sometimes the bad things in life have a hidden good side if only we are willing to be patient and see what those good things might be. Let go of life and see where God might take it. The future is full of hope if only we are willing to give our sadness away to a God who is always willing to turn it into pure joy.

We pray. Heavenly Father. “We believe there is so much that we can do with our lives and right now we find ourselves questioning that. We know that with Your assistance, absolutely anything is possible. Father help us to maintain a positive attitude and increase my confidence so that we can clearly feel You and hear You when You speak to our hearts, knowing that You are working through us to fulfill Your divine purpose. We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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