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.

1 Peter 1: 3

God has given us, His children, so much: His grace, even though we don’t always deserve it, His mercy when we don’t live up to His expectations and the greatest gift of all, His Son Jesus Christ. For this we must show Him our thankfulness and praise. This we can do every day with our prayers and worship.

When I was very young, the resurrection seemed impossible to understand, even scary. As I grew older, I was excited when the angel declared to the women at the tomb, “He is not here for he has risen!” God gave us such hope on that day. Not only had we received the words of love and caring from Jesus during his ministry on earth, but His resurrection proved that we had that hope of a new birth. Because of His death on the cross for our sins and His resurrection, God fulfilled His promises. Now we have faith and hope for our eternal home.

This is a troubling world we live in today. The Pandemic has made us fearful of something we cannot completely control. We stay in our homes as much as possible, go to church virtually and isolate ourselves from family and friends. Our country and its values are under attack. What can we do?  How do we survive all this uncertainty? We look to God’s unchangeable promises and His steadfast love. He does not waver in His constant love and caring. Our hope is based on God and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dear God, We thank you for your endless grace and abundant mercy. Help us to look to the future, confident in the hope you have given us through your Son’s death and resurrection. Amen.