Last week I was privileged to drive the middle school band to Pigeon Forge TN for a trip to Dollywood and a band festival. On the way there, the guys in my van decided to watch one of the Star Wars movies. Of course, I was there in the front seat with nothing to do but follow the bus and think. The one they were watching was the actual first one in the series where little Anakin is discovered and the Jedi place their hope in him.
Of course the movie that most readers of this blog remember as the first one is called A New Hope. A New Hope because little Anakin doesn’t turn out so well, and they place their hope this time in his son Luke Skywalker. Despite all of his childish whining Luke saves the day, and provides peace and joy for everyone with a nice party in the woods at the end of the saga.
The story has several parallels to life, and would probably make for a good study, but today I was just thinking about hope. What so great is that we have A New Hope!
3Praise 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, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 1 Peter 2:3-4
We have a hope that gives us a gift in heaven. That should bring you joy today. When you live with a hope like that joy should abound, and others should notice. Go through today remembering the hope you have, and since it is Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be With You!