In the early 1900s, my paternal grandparents were immigrants to the United States. At 18, my grandfather left family, friends, and everything he would have known in his home country of Denmark for the opportunity and hope of a better life in America.
After the death of her father, my grandmother, at 12, emigrated from Wales with her mother and siblings. Both grandparents had a long journey by ship across the North Atlantic. All their worldly possessions amounted to little more than checked luggage for a two-week vacation today.
Each grandparent entered through Ellis Island, the federal immigration station of the time, where millions of Americans can trace some of their family roots.
I was always fascinated by the unknown mysteries of how these two people I loved and admired could be so brave and courageous. Due to the advent of passenger flight, traveling such a distance today wouldn’t be thought of as daring, people often do it for mere pleasure.
Scripture shares about others who made a step of audacious faith in the promise of a better life. It took courage for Moses to leave Egypt and head into the wilderness with the Israelites. It took fearlessness for Joshua to cross the Jordan and head into the promised land. It took fortitude for Joseph to flee Bethlehem and head to Egypt with Mary and Jesus. It took grit for the fishermen to leave everything behind and follow Jesus as a disciple.
Difficult challenges lay ahead of them. Yet, God would strengthen them to take the next step toward the hope of a better future. It is the same for you and me so be emboldened by God’s presence. You can find each of the Biblical journeys mentioned at the links below:
“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with. You wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
Dear Reader, do you have fortitude and strength of character for the journey towards the hope of a better future? If you need some encouragement read the stories of the faithful believers mentioned above.
Holy Father, you are faithful and can be trusted. I am grateful to have your presence with me wherever I go. Make me strong and courageous. When I am afraid, Holy Spirit, remind me that Yehovah’s ways are better than any plans I could ever make, so I need not be discouraged.
You will lead me. When I follow your path, I will have hope for a better future. The sacrifice Jesus made on my behalf secures my eternal dwelling with you in Heaven. Thank you for your great love for me. Amen.
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