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Things can get better, things must get better, and things will get better.

In the craziness and uncertainties of the world around us, we have this hope that things are not how they will always be. It is an active hope — a hope that recognizes that we have a part to play.

Christ is empowering us to make a difference. Yes, even you.

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Instantly, the skin disease left him, and he was clean. Sternly, Jesus sent him away, saying, “Don’t say anything to anyone. Instead, go and show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifice for your cleansing that Moses commanded. This will be a testimony to them.” Instead, he went out and started talking freely and spreading the news so that Jesus wasn’t able to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, but people came to him from everywhere.

Mark 1:42-45

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Good news is so hard to keep bottled up. When you have good news it is as if something is burning inside of you, and the only joyful relief is to let someone know. Hope is the good news that we have — a hope that lets us and the rest of the world know that things can be better.

Fortunately, Jesus is not asking us to be silent about this hope. People need to hear and see that indeed the good news of hope is alive in us and in the work God does through us. Sometimes we ourselves need to be reminded about this good news, that hope is alive. When we are reminded, we are called to live out that hope where we are with acts of love and compassion towards one another. This active hope is what will make the world a better place. Imagine the difference it could make in your own community, school, and family.

James Blay

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Dear God, help me today to spread this good news that hope is alive. Hope is alive not just in the words that I say, but also in the things that I do. Give me the courage to act out hope. Amen.

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With hope as your guide, guiding your thoughts, words, and deeds, go out into the world and bring hope to all whom you encounter.

James Blay

James Himie Blay is a 2nd year student at McAfee School of Theology and Ministry Intern at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a native of Liberia, West Africa, where he served as Coordinator for Student Affairs and Servant Leadership at the Ricks Institute in Virginia, Liberia. James has served multiple summers on camp staff with Passport, Inc.

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