“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Our God is a God of hope. We have hope because Jesus was sent by God to be born into this world. We have hope because Jesus lived on this earth and showed us how to live through his words and actions. We have hope because he died for us on the cross, taking on our sins, paying the price.
We have hope because he was resurrected from his grave and lives with God the Father as our Advocate. We have hope because we are given a path to eternal life. We have hope because we know that at the end of all time, we will dwell with God and there will be no more suffering.
Because of our hope, we should be filled with a deep sense of joy and peace even in the midst of suffering in this world.
May the love of Christ be with you,
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)