"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade." - 1 Peter 1:3-4
In the beautiful lyrics of "O Little Town of Bethlehem", it says "The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight." It's a reminder that no matter how great the fear - even the fears of all history - the hope that Christ brings is greater. In Jesus, hope overcomes all our fears, and this hope is alive. Peter calls it a living hope. Because Christ has come to live and die and rise again, this hope of life conquest the fears of death. Because of Jesus, when fear and hope collide, hope wins.
How is fear darkening your life? How can you grab hold of this living hope in Jesus?