President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) made a statement that I haven't stopped thinking about: "Hope--it is the only thing stronger than fear."
For his purposes, President Snow was trying to squelch hope because he knew exactly how powerful hope can be.
From time to time I get emails asking me about waiting. How did you wait? How did you stay strong? How did you maintain your faith in God?
My first response is my belief in who God is: that He is good, wise, loving and that His ultimate goal is that I know Him - is what kept me waiting well and walking in faith.
My second response is hope.
Hope is what gets you out of bed in the morning. It is what keeps you going during the day. It is what tucks you in at night with a promise for tomorrow.
Hope for the single mom that tomorrow will be a better day.
Hope for the sick that the next round of test results will show improvement.
Hope for the husband or wife that their relationship will improve.
Hope that next month will provide enough income to pay the bills.
Hope that soon she will meet the one she has been waiting for.
Hope that this month will be the beginning of the 9-month wait they have longed for.
Hope truly is the only thing stronger than fear: fear of test results, doctor's appointments, phone calls, emails, loneliness, an aching heart.
This weekend we celebrate Easter and for many Easter is about hope. We reflect upon Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection. We look for reminders of hope in this powerful story of redemption and restoration.
But remember that hope is not found on the cross friends.
Hope is not in Jesus' death.
It is not found sitting in the empty tomb.
Hope is in the risen Savior.Because of hope we can face tomorrow, we can confront our fear of loneliness and waiting and unknown futures because of the beauty and grace of hope.
Hope enables us to wipe away our tears, offer up our broken heart for healing and wait for the promise of new mercies tomorrow.
Fear is crippling. It has no place in the life of a Christ-follower. It holds us captive and prevents us from living and experiencing abundant life.
Hope always triumphs fear.
Take hold of hope today friends. This weekend claim, believe, thank God for and celebrate the hope that comes with the resurrection.