Hope for the New Year

2011 saw a series of some of the worst natural disasters to afflict our nation. The January D.C. snowstorm left some evening commuters stranded more than 10 hours. With two feet of snow and 60 mph winds, the Groundhog Blizzard brought Chicago to a standstill. In late April, 343 tornadoes in the central and southern states caused 321 deaths. Remember Joplin, MO? In May, with winds over 200 mph, the single deadliest tornado recorded struck that city. Texas  saw 71 summer days of over 100 degrees. My family and I had just left our August vacation in New Jersey before Newark set a record of 108.

Although I could report more disaster, I share a ray of hope. Remember the Indonesia Tsunami? One eight-year old girl swept away by the giant wave which hit her village, Ujong Baroh, would be 15 now. In fact, she is 15!

After separation from her family, Wati turned up this week in neighboring Meulaboh. She told the staff at the Simpang Pelor cafe she wanted to get home. All she could remember was her grandfather’s name, Ibrahim. When people took her to his house, Ibrahim quickly identified her as his missing granddaughter. When her parents came, they identified her by the small scar above her eyebrow.

Amid the sadness of loss in 2011, we find one story of hope. Maybe in 2012 we’ll find more such stories. I wish at least one such story for you.

About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy (gordongrose.com) blog to learn more. TragedyTransformed.com provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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