April 16

1 Peter 1:3-5

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” vs. 3

Most everyone is now hoping for a quick end to the restrictions that we’ve been facing because of the COVID-19 virus–even more than that we’re hoping that we can stop living in fear. Not only are we afraid of contracting the disease, we’re also anxious about the economic repercussions of the prolonged shutdown. Of course no expert can give us a definitive timetable of what’s going to happen in the next weeks and months–whether we like it or not, we’re just going to have to muddle through as best we can. What we do know is that in Christ Jesus we have been born into a living hope for the future, one that is completely independent of our personal experiences or the flow of the economy. And that makes a difference! Early Christians were able to endure persecution and suffering because they knew that Jesus Christ had been raised from the dead. The light of that great truth continues to guide our steps in these uncertain times. Life isn’t some form of giant crap shoot where everything is up for grabs. Those who live in Christ have the confidence that all things will be brought to completion in him. We’re going to be okay–this virus will one day be forgotten–our hope in Christ is ours forever.

Thought for the Day:  How can each day be Easter for us?

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