Something to take home:
“One night at dinner a man, who had spent many summers in Maine, fascinated his companions by telling of his experiences in a little town named Flagstaff. The town was to be flooded, as part of a large lake for which a dam was being built. In the months before it was to be flooded, all improvements and repairs in the whole town were stopped. Why repair anything when the whole village was to be wiped out? So, week by week, the whole town became more and more bedraggled, more gone to seed, more woebegone. Then he added by way of explanation: ‘Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present.’”
Paul Achtemeier writes, “…We can have confidence in our future with God only because that future is in God’s hands, not ours. If it depended on us, we could expect more of the same botching of human chances with which history is replete. Only because God has taken control of our future is our future redemption secure.”
As believers in Christ, we grieve the suffering, the pain, and the loss we experience in this life, but we do not grieve as ones who have no hope. And the reason is…
Key Point: “We grieve with hope knowing that our pain is temporary compared to our future glory with Christ.”
Halford E. Luccock, Unfinished Business.
 Paul J. Achtemeier, Romans, Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, 1985), 143.Knowledge, 2004), 5.