Summers are always a different story in my personal life and in the life of our church at Friendship. In many ways, summers are a chaotic mess. There are meetings, fellowships, VBS, camps, and much more. I know that it can be an even greater strain in the life of a family because you deal with it on a daily basis. However, there is also a beautiful side to summer: rest. In all of the potential chaos that waits for us in the near future, there are many times where rest can lead to finding hope again. On the other hand, it is much harder to find rest in the midst of chaos.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” – Hebrews 6:19

You may have heard this verse many times, but we often need to be reminded where our hope is anchored. Anchors provide security for a ship and can help it to stay still even in raging waters. Seasons come and go in our lives and our hope is often thrown in different directions as we struggle to make sense of the chaos surrounding us. In this passage, we are reminded that our hope is in God’s ever-steady hand in the midst of our uncertainty. We can rest knowing that God promised Abram a large family, a great land, and a blessing. This blessing even makes its way to us through our salvation, made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus.

My encouragement is for all of you: children, teenagers, college students, parents, and grandparents. Let your hope be anchored in the promises of God. Let’s face this new season together as we find opportunities to share the hope that we have in a Savior who paid it all for our secured eternity with God. Though there are many trying times before us, many that we may not know about, we can rest knowing that our hope is anchored in a God who keeps His promises.

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