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MICHAEL W SMITH-REVE DU NOEL
This weekend was a rollercoaster of emotion after hearing about the attacks in Connecticut. Honestly, my first reaction was anger, but Friday afternoon it developed into a broken heart and feeling that evil people too often eclipse the good in our society. I'm tired of allowing evil people to steal my hope & joy. I had to go back to God’s Word to get it all centered again.
In Pauls letters to the Roman Church, he said, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
The attack in Connecticut just amplified the reality of what it means to live in a fallen world alongside flawed people, but the honest reality is that we all fall short of the Glory of God. Sin is a problem in our world that we don't like to talk about, but it affects us all. That's why Jesus decided to come into this world as a little baby to redeem it. Becasue of his true love for us, he personally took matters into his own hands in order to change the end of the story. LOVE and hope really do win.
This is the season where we celebrate the birth of a child who is our hope. He’s a loving savior who came into the world to heal us & restore. Jesus Christ is the only one who has ultimate control over our world. This weekend reminded us that we all need Him more than ever. Real hope can never be found unless we have a Savior to call out to in times like these.
I just want to encourage you to go out of your way this week to do something loving for the people in your life. Show your co-workers & neighbors that there really are some good people in their life that really do care. Please be intentional this week. Love & hope win in the long run.