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Revisiting Hope from the New Year

Garden of Peace and Serenity
Garden of Peace and Serenity
Taken by: G Espinosa


As Summer overtakes us and we journey forward to the 6 - month milestone that signals the beginning of the end of 2010, many Southlanders, by now, have completely forgotten about the life-changing declarations they made in the not-so-distant past.

Some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions include: getting in shape, spending more time with family, saving more money, quitting smoking and/or drinking, being more involved in the community, and rebuilding spirituality. A large number of Angelenos had vowed they would accomplish these goals, with the help of God, and their faith. But as the months wore on, many residents admitted that keeping their faith alive, was a difficult task alone, let alone using it as a catalyst to build upon.

One young native reluctantly confesses that keeping hope alive proved much more difficult than she had anticipated, as time after time, the world seemed to be imploding in on itself. The supernatural disaster in Haiti, the deaths of the West Virginia coal miners, the Gulf Oil Spill, the ongoing unemployment crisis, the controversial execution of a Death Row inmate by firing squad; all emotionally draining subjects.


But as the halfway mark nears, revisit the promises made to yourselves about a healthier, happier, richer you, with new hope. Those oaths were made with desire and expectation in mind, so don’t let the weight of the world drag down your dreams. With God, the yoke is easy, and the burden light. He is your support and eagerly awaits for you to let His mighty strength, make you strong.


Romans 8:25


“We hope for something we have not yet seen, and we patiently wait for it.”

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