21 Days of Prayer Conclusion: A People of Hope

On day three of our 21 Days of Prayer, Hurricane Harvey hit the shores of Texas. In the last week of our 21 days, Hurricane Irma left a path of destruction in the Caribbean, and on day nineteen, it hit the coastline of Florida. Earlier this week, the water and wind...

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Day 21: Hope is Standing Behind You

In 1962, a young Air Force corporal named Dick Hoyt was thrilled to welcome his new son into the world. Like many new fathers, he was filled with hope about what his son might achieve and who his son might become. Those hopes were dashed however, when his son was...

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Day 20: Hope in the Human Experience

The Christian life is not simply about living moments of blessing and praise. If we look to Scripture, we see moments of lament or grief (John 11:35), moments of panic or exile (Psalm 137), moments of doubt and tension with God (Job 7:17-21). I tell my students all...

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Day 19: Don’t Abandon Hope

When I was a senior in college, I participated in the long-standing tradition of decorating the campus during what we called “Senior Night.” Meant to be a prank (but one that the entire college community knew about, of course), the seniors would leave their...

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Day 18: Hope for the Anxious Spirit

I have learned that sometimes, as a professor, my students assume I have it mostly together. Let me shatter that illusion with my real story: I am naturally a pessimist and a worrier, and I fight against anxiety daily. I fail to trust God or remember the beauty found...

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Day 17: Hope Takes Patience

C.S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” What do you hope for? What do you wait for? What are your goals in life? If you’re younger, you may hope for graduation or for a future mate. If you’re middle aged, maybe you are...

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