People swear bysomeone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts anend to all argument.  Because God wantedto make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of whatwas promised, he confirmed it with an oath.  God did this so that, by two unchangeablethings in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take holdof the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul,firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where ourforerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priestforever, in the order of Melchizedek. – Hebrews 6:16-20
Bad things are going to happen in this life.  That’s just the way it is.  There’s no way around them.  You can’t close your eyes and pretend theydon’t happen, and there’s no pretending that being a Christian helps you gounscathed through this existence.
The weight of serious tragedy and trial can be endured andin some cases lifted all together by the hope of the Gospel at work in ourlives.  Sometimes life will sink us, ordrown us, or toss us upon against the rocks in some unfair storm; but there isalways a light to shine through the night; there is always an anchor of hopethat holds us when we can’t hold on ourselves.

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