Contemporary English Version (CEV)
This year, there was the sentiment that there would be many security threats against the festivities in Times Square on New Year's Eve. Then I remembered that we tend to think that most years, for threats are always looming beyond the door.
In turbulent times, we must hold on tightly to the hope that we have claimed, for our hope in Christ is the most certain anchor we can have. He has demonstrated his commitment to us by dying on the cross, and he has demonstrated his power over death by rising from the grave, all out of love for us. What more could we ask for? Such actions should enliven the hope within us, that it animates us to love and encourage one another in times of weakness and sorrow, that our hope should not depart from us but nestle within, deep in the soul, guiding our hopes and dreams, our thoughts and words, so that life itself is transformed by the reality of the Holy Spirit reminding us of God's great love for you.