Today's Scripture Reading is from Romans 15:13, (NIV): "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
A woman gets a phone call from her doctor telling her to come in and review the results of a recent mammogram. She has an eerie feeling that something is wrong, but she anticipates the day she will know for sure. When she finally finds out that she has breast cancer, she begins to question who she really is.
A teenage boy is struggling both educationally and socially. He feels he has no friends and finds himself always being left out or left behind. One day, his parents stand in his bedroom door and announce that they are getting a divorce. This young man's already fragile world completely crumbles, and he is left wondering whether anybody really cares for him.
An employee who has worked at one job for twenty-seven years receives the letter that no employee wants to receive. The letter begins, "We want to thank you for your many years of service," and ends with, "we regret to inform you that we are downsizing significantly and will no longer need your service." With that one letter, all his financial stability, livelihood, and purpose for living is thrown out the window, and he wonders how he will be able to make it now.