I've never seen so many men and women begging on street corners.
Violence so rampant that even police officers are being senselessly gunned down.
Unemployment or underemployment affecting one family after another.
And tragedy seemingly surrounding us on every side.
And yet there is hope.
"But in my mind's eye I can see a place
Where Your glory fills every empty space
All the cancer is gone, every mouth is fed
And there's no one left in the orphan's bed
Every lonely heart finds their one true love
And there's no more goodbye
And no more not enough
no more enemy."
(Steven Curtis Chapman, Heaven Is The Face)
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." Romans 5:1-5