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Hope Against Hope

Hello everyone. I hope you're all safe and healthy as possible. When coming up with the title for today's blog I thought of expounding on something I heard when watching a video of Dr. Charles Stanley's "In Touch" on the internet. In it he said to the congregation that in today's world you can't afford to deal with hope. Almost like you had to give up on it. The crowd laughed and I chuckled a bit, I admit, but after continuing to watch I thought a bit more about it and said to myself, "You have to hope against hope."

We as a society are constantly evolving with crisis after crises. When there are so many different factions out there and we are often called to pit one against the other to find truth. I jotted down on my iphone that "The pandemic is a mask for what the world seduces you with." Meaning since the dawn of the world man/woman has constantly been tempted with the trappings that lie within. Now we see the same thing just reformulated with the virus and all of the worldly things that come with it. It's like the old adage, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

The formula for combatting these things lies in the ancient texts and scriptures of many different religions. The Bible talks about a multitude of temptations that one must "endure and overcome". When attending a phone conference/Bible study not too long ago, I listened to the pastor quote the Bible where Jesus says, "My yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:30 KJV). In trying to help a young woman comprehend it better I interpreted it for today's world saying "My yoke is simple and my burden is complex". I often find myself referring back to this when faced with life's challenges today.

Until next time, remember God loves you and so do I.



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