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40 Day Spiritual Journey – March 14
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Day 4

Wednesday, March 14

Scripture for the Day: Galatians 3 

What does it mean to say that death is conquered?  First we must ask: what is hope?  But the question still needs rephrasing.  We must ask: Who is hope?  Hope must have a beating heart; hope must have a face to look into; hope must have arms and legs. Hope without a body is a fraud.   Emily Dickinson is wrong.  Hope is not the “the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.”  Hollywood is wrong.  Hope does not float because hope is not some disembodied principle or ideal like the cute quotes featured prominently on inspirational posters plastering the walls of high-school guidance counselors.  Peter has it right:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain the inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (I Peter 1:3-5)”

Our first question remains. Death is conquered because the story didn’t end after our Lord was nailed to that fated tree on Golgotha.  Who is hope?  Hope is the one who still says: “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother. (Matt 12:50)”

Cameron McAllister, TFC Alum, 2009; Philosophy and Religion Major

Prayer

Dear Father, We bless your name for the hope you have given us.  The resurrection gives us living hope and we celebrate this.  How can we do otherwise? We want to show hope to a world that has none.  Amen.