Boast in the hope

“How do you win a war against sad souls who imagine murder as an easy and glorious way to redeem a failing life?” Jonathan Kay asks in a May 27, 2017, National Post blog, in response to suicide bombings. Kay suggests a society with no sense of life after death, a society that can do no better than pile up flowers and teddy bears at terrorist sites and gather funds to memorialize people who’ve died, almost inherently encourages self-destruction. Why not take your life for a cause, if this life is all there is?

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Boast in the hope

Psalm 90

2016 07 22 - hymnO God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home!

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

O God our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guide while life shall last,
And our eternal home.

– From Psalm 90, by Isaac Watts

Psalm 90

April is…

“April is the cruelest month.” – T.S. Eliot

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Now why would T.S. go and say a thing like that? Fresh snow on budding tulips, maybe? Multiple consecutive days of rain? Dashed hopes about a certain young lady? Complicated tax forms?

Any of those speculations could have prompted his famed statement about this month. This is a month of fickle weather, a time of year when romantic hopes blossom once again and yes, the season of complicated tax forms – that last bit since 1913, the inaugural year of federal income taxes in the U.S.

Are you feeling bitter toward this month? Take heart. Only 24 days to go ‘til May! And you know what Voltaire said about May, right?

Neither do we. But we know that each new day brings new hope. The Bible says that. All over the place!

April is…