Personal Journey

Evening Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale ♥

🎶Just a small town girl
Livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train
Goin’ anywhere
Just a city boy
Born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train
Goin’ anywhere🎶

How on this planet is there anybody who doesn’t know those lyrics? I was very fortunate to see Journey on May 19th 1982 with my Mom (she rocks) in Indianapolis. Later in my own music career I would share the stage with Jonathan Cain, he was filling in on keyboards when we opened for Kansas. “Don’t Stop Believing” is a song of hope in the midst of hopelessness and despair. It’s lyrics are about living a meaningless existence. How many people in the communities that surround us live in this reality of hopelessness. Where life has dealt them such a blow that they have had the stuffing knocked out of them and it seems that there is no return to normality. The lyrics of this song are about south Detroit but they could speak loudly of many cities all over the world. Hopelessness is curse of the highest honour. To be in a place where there is not hope, no help, no “getting out” and having to deal with this day by day with no let up in the stress and pressure. How that hopelessness has come about is different for many. The loss of loved one, the tragic unexpected road accident of a family member, the loss of a job, the curse of facing old age alone. There are many reasons for hopelessness and for feeling that you have been abandoned to your fate with no help available. In these situation it is difficult to have any faith at all, we simply cannot help it if we stop believing. It is into this kind of situation that Yeshua/Jesus comes into when He is born of Mary in a stable and has a manger for a bed. The story of the birth of Yeshua/Jesus tells us of the frailty and vulnerability of life. The weak and humble beginnings of one who would change the world for the better. It does not seem possible and it seems so unbelievable to think that from the weakest beginnings anything good could come. Facebook friends, just pick up the Bible, it tells us in so many places of the wonder of this. (Philippians 2: 1-11) In Philippians 2 Paul talks of Yeshua/Jesus taking on the form of a servant and living a life in humility. (John 1:1-14) These passages encourage us to keep believing when the odds are against us and no relief is coming. The people of Israel were awaiting a messiah according to the prophesies of old. A messiah that would come and reverse the fortunes and misfortunes of Israel. To bring freedom and the kingdom of YeHoVaH/God. Yeshua/Jesus was born in obscurity but gave his life for others so that they might know His salvation and liberty. It is very easy to give up hope on this and to believe that God doesn’t have a plan when things go bad. God is still God in these times and He molds together a plan. So in the words of the lyrics “Don’t Stop Believing” my friends. May God Bless you this day as you trust and have faith in him. Amen?

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