Hope vs. Despair

Unusual flooding in Pakistan this August left 10 million people without shelter and created a major outbreak of water-borne disease.  The total number of people affected exceeded those hurt by the Asia tsunami and the Haiti earthquake combined.¹

Two South Koreans were killed and dozens were injured on November 23 when North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a South Korean island.  The strike set more than 60 houses on fire and sent civilians fleeing in terror.²

On November 18, nine vehicles were involved in an accident on the eastbound 210 freeway in Claremont, CA.  Two people died and several others went to the hospital after a big-rig crashed into another car and burst into flames.³

We see headlines like this all the time all over the place.  We are inundated with images of death and despair.  However, when Jesus entered the world, hope was ushered in.  Hope.  That’s a word that we don’t put a lot of stock into these days.  This season, remember that we worship a God of hope: a hope for a ruler
who will shepherd God’s people, hope for peace through the Savior, hope for the joy that comes with a relationship with Christ, and hope for eternity with God.  Amidst the confusion and craziness of the season, remember that Jesus is the hope of the world.  “May the God of hope  fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13

¹World Vision Magazine, Winter 2010, page 6

²The Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group Limited 2010

³ABC7.com, November 18, 2010

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