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Hope

Hope that is seen is no hope at all.  Who ‘hopes’  for what he already has? If we hope for what we do not yet have, though, we actively wait for it with patient endurance.

Romans 8: 24-25

Often it is difficult to feel any hope. We hear so much bad news. Often situations around us appear to be out of control and we feel powerless to change them. Yet we remember that, when Jesus died on the cross and all appeared hopeless, he was raised   to new life. Even death could not defeat him. Instead we have given hope through the resurrection.

Lord, may we live this and every day in the knowledge of  love and power, and always grow in hope. Grant us open and expectant hearts. Help us see and celebrate signs of your power at work in our world today. Then we can begin again and again to live out our hope as your disciples – with confidence, courage and joy.

PRAYER

In the midst of war and hunger

We celebrate the promise of plenty and peace

In the midst of oppression and tyranny

We celebrate the promise of service and freedom

In the midst of doubt and despair

We celebrate the promise of faith and hope

In the midst of fear and betrayal

We celebrate the promise of  joy and loyalty

In the midst of hatred and death

We celebrate the promise of  love and life

In the midst of sin and decay

We celebrate the promise of salvation and renewal

In the midst of the dying Lord

We celebrate the promise of the living Christ

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