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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: REDEEM




Setting a timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 

As the world marks one year since the global pandemic was declared and news headlines seem to continually go from bad to worse, I’ve found myself wondering, “Can any good come from all of this?”

My heart aches for my Asian American friends who are living in fear because of the steep increase in hate crimes since the pandemic began, and now with the recent news of the horrific Atlanta shootings.

Others are still treading water after job losses, trying to make ends meet. Countless people are grieving the loss of loved ones due to COVID-19, and the deaths continue.

Can anything good come from all of this?

My only hope comes from the Word of God:

“But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior . . .”

~ Isaiah 43:1-3a, NIV

For those of us who have trusted in Christ as our Lord and Savior, our hope is not in this broken, decaying, temporary world. We have been purchased. Redeemed. Bought with a price. Rescued from darkness.

Our King is coming soon, and we will no longer have to fear hate crimes or viruses, poverty or death.

Our Redeemer lives.




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