30 December 19

Our circumstances, as we age, change. Sometimes rapidly. At the beginning of this month a boatload of tourists went to White Island — it erupted, and they were left either in coffins (two have yet to be found) or facing a long recovery. The survivors have filled the burns units in Australia and New Zealand.

There have been deaths from drowning, deaths from road crashes, and deaths from hurricanes, from terror… and that is just today’s news.

And many find themselves ill. The mortality rate of our species is still one hundred percent. But our hope is not in this. It is in what we cannot see, for it is not yet apparent in the flesh.

Christ has conquered death, and delays his return and the purification of this world so that as many as possible will be saved. For he wishes none would be lost to evil, and that all would turn to the light.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.