Published January 2, 2018

Shelia Shares
"Where Hope Begins"

As we look ahead to the New Year, we expect to see, unfortunately, an increasingly dark world.

This world is bleak. And if we take things at face value, we can be fearful, depressed and sad as we look ahead to another New Year.

But wait...

During this Christmas season, I've been watching the Hallmark movies on TV. One is called "The Christmas Train." Perhaps you saw it.

One line that stood out to me from that movie is this quote: "Hope begins when you stand in the dark looking out at the light."

For the Christian, this is certainly true. This world is not our home, we are just passing through. This world is not the end. It is the prelude to an eternity that is free of pain and fear.

Yes, hope begins when we stand in the dark looking out at the light. Jesus proclaimed Himself to be "the Light of the World" (John 8:12). He said, "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness" (John 12:46).

As we enter into 2018, may God grant you peace in the midst of fear, joy in the midst of sadness and hope because of Jesus Christ, Who came to redeem us. He's the One Who came to give us light.

- Shelia Heil

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