"That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;"
This struck me this morning... being without hope and being without God are essentially the same thing. God gives us laws and ordinances to teach us and help us. He does *everything* that he does for our good, for our happiness... it isn't at all about tormenting or punishing us. God makes it possible to triumph over Satan, to succeed despite the evil in the world around us... to reach our potential. Without him, we *are* without hope... we are stuck in whatever rut our life has become bogged down in, and chained by whatever addiction we are susceptible to. To let go of God is to let go of hope... so, let's try not to do that today. :)