May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NIV
Flooding in Canada includes floods caused by snowmelt runoff, storm-rainfall and “flash flooding”, ice jams during ice formation and spring break-up, natural dams, coastal flooding on ocean or lake coasts from storm surges, hurricanes and tsunamis. Urban flooding can be caused by stormwater runoff, riverine flooding and structural failure when engineered flood management structures, including dams and levees, prove inadequate to manage the quantities and force of flood waters. Floods occur five times as often as wildfires, the second most frequent natural hazard in Canada.
There were those in Jesus’ day who didn’t believe in the resurrection, or life after death. It has been said that the Sadducees didn’t believe in eternal life (which made them sad, you see!). The postmodern atheist follows in their footsteps. So many in our world believe that when we die, we just become food for worms. I was told this by a young man a few years ago, and said to him “what hope is there in what you believe?” At least he was honest in his reply – he said, “there is no hope.” My heart broke. No wonder suicide rates among young people are so high. Life is short and hard, then you die. That’s it. How different is what the Bible teaches! Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” What the Gospel of Jesus Christ offers the world is overflowing hope. Jesus came to redeem us – He took upon Himself on the Cross the punishment our sin deserves. Then He burst forth from the grave – and hope rose with Him. Hallelujah!
These have been words from the heart.