Unleashing Hope

Pandora’s Box was given to Epimetheus as a gift from the mythological god Zeus.  There was a warning on the box that it never be opened.  One day, while Epimetheus was away, his wife Pandora allowed her curiosity to get the best of her.  Pandora felt the box was a gift from the gods…so why not open it?  As she opened the box, all forms of ghastly forms burst forth unleashing all the evils humanity has ever known.  From then on, life would be different.  Humanity would now toil, grow tired, become sick, and even die – all because Pandora opened the box.  

After all the evil forces escaped, Pandora realized there was one thing remaining in the box.  It was hope.  It wasn’t evil at all.  As a matter of fact, the last thing to come out would be the one thing humanity would need to stand up to all the other ghastly powers.  

We feel that people all around us are unleashing evil and destructive powers.  It feels like Pandora’s Box is being opened every day.  We are confronted with injustice, suffering, pain, despair, exhaustion, war, and death.  Many times we feel like these are the only powers at work in the world.  But God reminds us…there is hope!

I truly believe hope is the one thing we need most in the world…hope in God’s grace that renews and restores.  Just as Pandora’s Box, we watch all the destructive forces fly around us and we wonder, “Is this all there is?”  Then, at the bottom of the box, we notice one more.  Peter and the other disciples noticed it at the bottom of the empty tomb.  Just when it seems the evil powers of the world will win, we discover hope.  Hope is always there and hope never disappoints.

Paul wrote, “suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, character produces hope…and hope never disappoints.”

I hope you will join me Sunday as we spend time swimming in hope.  Also, if you haven’t been to www.experiencegrowshare.com, I encourage you to visit and find ways to get plugged into worship, education, and mission.

See you Sunday!

John

 

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