Happy New Year

Better Things Do Come

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of God.

Psalm 98:3cd

This second day of the New Year, I find myself amazed by faith and hope. I’ve encountered these virtues in people whom many view as having little reason for either. A friend who continues cancer treatment celebrated Christmas with joy and welcomes 2015 with the certainty that blessings lie ahead. A friend whose mother’s terminal illness will end soon places this dear parent in God’s hands. In the mean time, she remains present and accepts that this is enough. Young parents whose first pregnancies ended with pre-birth detours to heaven await another child. In spite of the pain of these losses, they open their hearts to their daughter who will make her appearance in a few weeks.

These are three of the numerous stories of faith and hope which unfold around you and me today. So many suffer the worst this life has to offer. Yet, in spite of each ones personal variety of devastation, they endure and emerge with grace. God’s salvation does extend to all the ends of the earth. It is up to us to open our eyes to see it, our arms to embrace it and our hearts to share it.

Loving God, wherever I find myself today, help me to move beyond my own trials with faith and hope in better things to come.

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