Dear Church Family and Friends,

Covid-19 is quite literally hitting home for many of us at this point.

In a world that has even politicized a pandemic, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hope can seem like a pipe dream – something not based in reality.

So, this Sabbath, my wife Stephanie and I will talk about what the Bible has to say about hope in the darkest night. Hope in the pandemic. Hope in an election year. Hope in the ridiculousness of 2020.

Let’s be honest though, hope never has been an easy thing to cling to. Just look at the reference to Abraham’s hope in Romans 4:18: “In hope he believed against hope.”

Jesus is the God who specializes in providing hope where there is literal hopelessness. If the world implodes, we still can have the immovable confidence that He died and rose again.

If you’ve read this far – thanks! Here’s a challenge for you. Pause for a second and say out loud, “Jesus died for me. He rose again for me. He’s just about to come back for me! Because He’s alive, my hope can never die.”

It’s easy to get caught in our own thoughts and experiences and forget the majestic meta-narrative that surrounds us each day.

God is God. Today is hard. God is hope. I am scared. God is love. I am anxious.

These realities don’t cancel each other out. They coexist. Like Abraham, our challenge is beautiful but simple.

Even drowning in hopelessness, let’s choose hope.