January 17
The sanctity of life and hope
Jason Nelson

The Roman orator Cicero (106–43 b.c.) is credited with saying, “Where there is life there is hope.”He made that astute observation decades before a young Jewish woman felt the Son of God kicking inside of her, giving mankind the hope of eternal life. Much later, another Jewish girl turned the phrase to sustain herself through the daily torment of the Holocaust. Her observation was equally profound: “Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again”(Anne Frank, 1929–1945, The Diary of a Young Girl). Hope and life are inseparable companions, and they deserve equal protection.

Solomon said, “Anyone who is among the living has hope” (Ecclesiastes 9:4). We feel hopeful because we’re alive. We enjoy life because we have hope. Anytime a human life is cut short, there is a second great tragedy. Some hope also dies. Real human potential goes unfulfilled. Something important will be left undone.

We have been among the living from our first moments inside our mothers. God’s holy angels and many wonderful people worked very hard to keep it that way. Because they did, we have fulfilling lives in Jesus Christ. And there is hope for others through us as we live for him. We owe a great debt. Let us pay it forward as guardians of life and hope.


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