Weekly Devotional | January 4, 2018

My Sustaining Hope in the New Year

HOPE FOR TODAY by Clint Decker

Two months ago my family and I laid my father (Paul Decker) to rest, after he unexpectedly died of advanced pancreatic cancer on November 13; three days after his diagnosis. The holidays were obviously different for our family knowing dad was gone. It is not only unique for us, but for thousands of others who lost a loved one in 2017.

After we buried my father, and traveled back home to Kansas from Ohio, death visited again. Within days, I found myself standing next to a friend in a hospital bed who had just lost her husband in a horrific vehicle accident, where she also received multiple injuries. No one is immune. If you are in a situation like this, where can you find hope in this New Year? As you see others dancing the night away and having good times with family and friends, you may feel an emptiness, because a spouse or parent is gone and not coming back.

On that November Monday night, at 10:00 p.m., I received a call I will never forget. My mother, in shock and in the deepest of tears told me dad was gone. As I hit the floor in overwhelming despair, nearly 1,000 miles away, I was soon drawn to pick up my Bible. I flipped to 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 and read it for myself and to my mom and sisters via cell phone, “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death where is your victory? O death, where is your sting.” Within minutes, Jesus’ relationship with me and His Word were giving me grace filled hope. The hurt did not stop, or the tears dry up. Even so, Jesus and His Word became my Rock. My refuge. My sustaining hope.

Furthermore, additional hope…

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