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Hoping Against Hope
by Steve Higginbotham
December 31, 2008
Thirty-six years ago today Roberto Clemente was killed in a plane crash off the cost of Puerto Rico.  At the time, I was a ten-year-old boy, and living about 30 miles from Pittsburgh, Clemente was one of my heroes.  I have very distinct, and vivid memories of watching him play at the old Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. 

It was New Year's Eve and my extended family were all gathered at our house for a New Year's party.  Then the news broke into the regular tv programming to announce the crash of Clemente's plane.  Because Clemente's body was never recovered, as a little boy who couldn't bear the thought of his hero's death, I chose to believe that Clemente escaped the wreckage, swam to a deserted island, and that it would be just a matter of time until he was rescued.  Of course, that rescue never happened.

Now here's my point.  Wishing things aren't the way they are will never change reality.  Reality is nothing from which we should try to escape, but rather acknowledge.  That is especially true when it comes to the Word of God.  What is written is written.  Whether we like it or not, we cannot change it.  Too many people spend too much time trying to avoid the reality of truth.  Instead, as we begin this new year, why don't we resolve to accept truth, whatever it is, however painful it may be, and believe it and practice it. After all, denying it, doesn't change the reality of it. 

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away" (Matthew 24:35).
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