The calendar read late March, but it was 17 degrees and snowing.
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Human hopes are based upon the assumption that things eventually get better. After the long drought comes the rainfall. After a hurricane comes a rainbow. After the long winter comes the warmth of spring. Through pain comes healing. After the heartbreak, the real, true love is found.
But, although these outcomes are likely, is there any unconditional guarantee that they will be realized?
Our Lord didn't exactly promise us happiness in this life, except to call happy those who mourn, hunger and thirst, and are persecuted. Instead, he told us to take up our cross. I see no promise that our mistakes magically work out for the best or that eventually we will find an earthly standard of happiness. All Christ promises us on earth is the means to seek and find him.
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'However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived" the things God has prepared for those who love him.' (1 Cor 2:9)