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A Light of Hope

There is a story about how the caverns north of Yellowstone National Park were discovered. As the story goes, one of the original explorers was walking along the top of that mountain and fell through a hole, and he dropped down several hundred feet into this cavern and was stuck in almost total darkness for over a week, no food, no water. He cried out every day, "Help me!" hoping that somebody would hear his voice and figure out that he was down there.

Sure enough a guy came along and heard this faint sound and looked around and found the hole. They dug him out and that’s how they found this giant cavern. They asked him, "How did you hold on to hope day after day after day in the dark without giving up?" He said, "There was one little pinhole ray of light that was coming through and I just kept focused on that ray of light."

Many around us in this nation today are like that man down in the cave. They are in darkness looking for a way out. Jesus is the light of the world. He is still shining today. Let us do everything we can to help people to take hold of Him. Wouldn’t it be great if, next Christmas, there was a new local person sitting here with us?

(From a sermon by Stephen Sheane “Christmas Past, Present and Future” 12/21/2008)

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