That is so true! Whenever we hear something that resonates within our spirit, we quickly say, “That is so true!” Jesus said in His last extended visit with His disciples, “In this world you will have trouble!” (John 16:33) Our response to His words are simple: “That is so true!” Hearing those words without His next sentence would be discouraging. However, His next three words puts everything in perspective – BUT TAKE HEART. It’s possible for us to be encouraged in the midst of trouble. It’s possible for us to have hope through the dark nights of hopelessness. Just as Jesus taught His disciples the path to peace and joy while simultaneously experiencing trouble and aloneness, His words do the same for us. Yes, there will be trouble, but with great confidence we can echo the words of Jesus – “I have overcome the world!” May our journey over these four weeks create a strong confidence in the hand of God. Take heart!