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April 2009

     Much of recent news has not been the kind to make one feel good. When jobs disappear, and people find their savings shrinking or vanishing, anxiety tends to fill people's minds. "Understandably so", we say.
     Part of the problem may be the fact that we have been so used to having things go well for us. After all, this is North America, isn't it? And aren't we entitled to be recipients of the "good life?" Perhaps we don't all make it to the "American Dream" whatever that is - but certainly, life should be good to us.
     Well - perhaps it's time we all pause for a reality check. And yes, we should give thanks for the blessing that are ours, but then also stop and think about the many people in the world who are much worse off than we are.
     For the Christian though - true perspective of life reaches much deeper than even such "positive thinking." And this perspective is based on the true meaning of the word "hope."
     True hope is more than a "feeling that something desired will come to pass" (a primary dictionary definition). Hope is also not wishful thinking, or optimism. Real hope, which is found within the heart of men and women who possess it, is anchored outside this life. It is based on the reality of God, and the certainty of His eternal promises.
     The Word of God holds out many promises for the believer. We can read about God's control of circumstances of life which affect us. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).
     Concerning salvation we have promises such as found in Acts 16:31- "Believe on the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved."
     The Christian reaches out in true hope to promises of future realities. God's word establishes the reality that the Saviour, Jesus Christ will come again to this earth some day. He will redeem our bodies and make us perfectly holy. The redeemed Church will share in His glory, and be given eternal life.
     This is not misguided starry-eyed optimism that is pinned to a fallible human leader. Rather, it firm hope in the Creator God!
     What will hope do for us?
     The Christian will find true hope preventing excessive worry about the future. Also, hope bears the fruit of true joy, and unlike happiness, joy is not dependent upon present circumstances.
     Christian hope produces sacrificial love. When we trust God, and no longer fret over preserving ourselves and our lifestyle, we become free to reach out and help others. And a sense of community helpfulness is something we could all use more of, not?
     The Christian is realistic concerning the world's many problems, but he is also certain of God's ultimate victory.
That is true hope.

- Mervin Brubacher
   Barwick, ON

Hope - Or Worry?