Sunday, 1 January 2017

Hope Does Not Disappoint Us

Back in October I was given a M&S 'grow an amaryllis kit' by the good ladies of the WWDP in Goring, Sussex. Well you know me, I struggle with growing-cress-on-a-flannel. But I flowed the instructions, planted it and in time a green shoot sprung up with first one then 4 buds around the top. I forgot to photograph it then - but here is a similar picture I found on the net. "It would be nice if it flowered for Christmas" I said to Bob on Sunday 18th December as we ate breakfast before church. Three hours later, we returned after the brilliant All-Age Nativity Service led by Miriam our Youth Minister, to find this...
One bud had completely opened, in the space of just 3 hours. Utterly stunning. Bob took some pictures for me whilst I prepared lunch.

On Christmas Morning, we awoke to find two more blossoms open - they had been buds when we went to the Midnight Carols a few hours earlier. We came away to Norfolk wondering if #4 would bloom in our absence.
Somehow these blossoms have really challenged me. When I first planted them, I was in a pretty despondent mood about life- Brexit, Trump, Aleppo... and loads more things seemed to be going so very wrong. And I had very little hope that this dead looking bulb in its pot of dull brown compost would come to anything.
And I was so totally wrong - these beautiful, glorious blooms bear witness to what loveliness can grow from apparently lifeless beginnings, even in the hands of a non gardener like myself. My hope was pretty feeble, but in the end I was not disappointed - in fact I was overwhelmed. There's a part of Romans chapter 5 where the Apostle Paul writes 
We know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God's approval, and his approval creates hope. This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God's gift to us.
Find a Bible and read Romans 5 - and have hope. We start this new year in a world full of troubles - but I believe God will sort it out in his time, and I can trust Him to see me through each day. 
As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13
'faith, hope and love remain' 
may your New Year be blessed with all three virtues - and especially the greatest of these, which is love.


  1. Beautiful. Happy New Year to you and your family

  2. There is something so magical and exciting about an Amaryllis. All of a sudden, there they are, beautiful and unexpected.

  3. Hope does not disappoint. These are fabulous words to be reminded of today. Thanks again and always, Ang, for this oasis of hope, and colour and fun, in the midst of this world in these days.

  4. Good thing you didn't have my plants then. I was gifted them for Christmas 2015 and they still haven't flowered. Just quietly grown in their pots on the window sill. Lol

  5. Beautiful flowers and thoughts. This scripture from Isaiah was our minister's sermon focus this morning and it does give me hope:
    "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."
    Thank you so much for an always uplifting blog!

  6. Thank you for sharing your lovely flowers and thoughts with us. Hope is what enables us to go forward; hope for a better tomorrow.

  7. I'm so glad to read this! Hope may be feeble but still our expectations can always be surpassed!


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