Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. (Psalms 146:5 NRSV)

There was a story once about a small town hospital that received a bomb threat. Officials decided that they had to take it seriously and evacuate the hospital. Some patients were shipped to the local rescue squad building and some, due to a shortage of space, had to go to a local funeral home.

One woman, who had been in surgery when the bomb threat was first received, came out from under her anesthesia and realized that she was staring at the surroundings of a funeral home. She was quite concerned--until she saw other patients and had the situation explained to her.

If Christ lives, then life has meaning. There is hope even in the most difficult circumstances. Even at the very end of my rope, here is a knot I can hang on to. If Christ did defeat death, if my life goes on forever, if the gospel is true, I can live courageously, victoriously. I can overcome my fears by his grace and I can be all Jesus intends for me to be. Jesus is our rock and our hope.

Dear Jesus, thank you for giving me hope! Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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