April 2020 Connection

HOPE In Uncertain Times
Most of us are familiar with the 13th chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. I believe it is the most extraordinary description of love anywhere. Note how it begins.
 
“If I speak with tongues of humans and of angels but have not love, I am like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal…..”

He goes on to describe the selflessness and faithfulness of love, that love is patient, kind, humble and sensitive; and at the end of the  passage he says, “now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

I don’t think anybody will disagree with Paul’s claim that love is the most important. Love is the foundation of everything we say and do.
 
What do you think is next in importance, faith or hope? Many people will say faith is the next important. And they do have a point. WE NEED FAITH TO give meaning to life. Faith opens the door to new possibilities.

As important as it is, however, I think it takes third place. How long can we survive without hope? It is hope in a merciful and loving God that has and will carry us over the deepest abyss. It is the bridge for tomorrow. And that is what I want you to remember as we manage the unexpected
complexity of living in these times.

Easter comes again on April 12. Whenever Christians are gathered there will be learned discussions about theologies, dogmas and doctrines. But they all can be condensed into one small word —hope —which is what Easter is about.

We all know how confused and faltering the disciples were during the difficult last days of Jesus’ life. Yet something happened to them on that morning and the days and weeks that followed. Everyone of the
disciples came to life and spent the rest of their lives in sacrificial service to Jesus. Something happened. The disciples experienced a resurrected Jesus. And that resurrection gave them hope and it can do the same for you. Believe in hope and believe that hope is of God. ….hold on to hope, Even if it’s a tender thread…” Even during these challenging times, hold on tightly to hope and experience the power of God’s grace holding us together.

To God be the glory,
Julius Del Pino, Pastor
 
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