The Power of Looking Ahead

The Power of Looking Ahead

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1 A couple Christmases ago, everyone in my family drew the name of one person for whom they would buy a gift. Luckily for me, I drew my mom’s name. Since she is one of the most selfless people I know, I thought long and hard about something special I could give her. As I pondered, I remembered a story she told me about being a young twenty-something on a trip to Italy. As she was enjoying a meal in a sidewalk cafe in Rome, a young blind man got up and began to sing. She was blown away by his voice and never forgot his moving performance.  While she wondered if she would ever see him again, years later, he rose to stardom and became a household name. If you

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The Power of Looking Ahead

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1 Though we’ve dealt with many challenging things this year, I think one of the most difficult consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been an inability to make plans or to enjoy the things we planned long ago. For example, this past Christmas, everyone in my family drew the name of one person for whom they would buy a gift. Luckily for me, I drew my mom’s name. Since she is one of the most kind, selfless, and generous people I know, I thought long and hard about something special I could give her. As I pondered, I remembered a story she told me years ago about being a young twenty-something on a trip to Italy. As she was enjoying a meal in a sidewalk cafe in Rome, a young blind

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