Life is full of awful things; rape, theft, murder, betrayal, denial, greed, selfishness, accidents, disasters, suffering, misery, despair, and ultimately: death.
So, why rejoice?
As Christians, we are practically ORDERED to rejoice:
"Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice." Philippians 4:4
But obviously we can't rejoice without a reason.
So the question is:
IS there a reason to rejoice.
Yes. Yes, there is.
My reason for rejoicing is that I have been given hope. I have hope that God's love never fails, and will never abandon me or forsake me, no matter what I do. No matter how hopeless I seem or how alone I may feel, I have hope that by God's grace, I will make it to Heaven where I will never be afraid again.
This is the reason for my hope. And I rejoice.
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." - 1 Peter 3:15
God bless NET team #7 and the DYC staff who put on an amazing retreat for my diocese yesterday. Thank you for your love and example; thank you for reminding us to rejoice.