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Springtime is always a special time of the year for me. There are so much beauty and miracles that happen this time of the year. The grass begins to green and the trees start to blossom. We are wakened up each morning to the sound of the birds singing. How special!

Those aspects of nature that went dormant during the winter are now coming to life. We are reminded that there is a God controlling all of these things. Because of Him, there is Hope.

As I write this message to you it is Palm Sunday. On this day Jesus came to Jerusalem to fulfill God’s plan for Him; a plan that resulted in death to all who believed in Him would have Hope.

Jesus prepared His disciples by having the last meal with them and washing their feet. He also introduced them to communion-His Body and His Blood. However what a week it was. It was a week of prayers, but a week where He was humiliated and placed on a wooden cross where He suffered and finally died for you and me.

Because of the empty cross and empty tomb, Jesus gave the world Hope for all who believed in Him. Some of you know that recently I became extremely sick. I was in a hospital for (2) weeks where nothing went right. I was then transferred to a larger hospital. On Christmas Eve I went into respiratory failure and almost died. It was during those (4) weeks that I thought a lot about Jesus, His Life, and the Empty Cross.

So many people prayed for me during this difficult time in my life. Those prayers reminded me that because of Him there is Hope. He listens to our prayers and reminds us that He is in control.

I wish I could say that I remained positive during my (4) weeks in the hospital and several weeks at home in bed, but I would be lying to you. I was reminded that what I was going through was nothing compared to the pain and suffering that occurred to Jesus on the cross. Also, I was reminded that the only reason He gave His life on the cross so I would have Hope for today and tomorrow. That no matter how bad I was it was nothing that Jesus endured.

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So this Easter please remember as you gaze at an empty cross, that Jesus gave all of us hope for tomorrow and eternal life. So, my friends, if you are just like me and have wanted to “give up”, I pray that my words will help you remember there is new that comes from old, light that comes from darkness and goodness is provided from hope and the eternal love of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!

Happy Easter.