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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I cried out to you, Lord. I begged my Lord for mercy: “What is to be gained by my spilled blood, by my going down into the pit? Does dust thank you? Does it proclaim your faithfulness? Lord, listen and have mercy on me! Lord, be my helper!”

You changed my mourning into dancing. You took off my funeral clothes and dressed me up in joy so that my whole being might sing praises to you and never stop. Lord, my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

Psalm 30:8-12

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I read somewhere that hope is the little voice that you hear whispering “maybe” when the entire world is shouting “no.”

Listen to that whisper. Do not let the shouts of the world drown it out. Listen to that whisper, because it is God reminding you of God’s presence. God is reminding you that things can get better, that you can make a difference where you are.

James Blay

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God, may I always be ready to listen for you in the business of my day. Even when the world around me is so noisy, help me to discern your voice. Give me the willingness to follow where you lead to spread the good news of 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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