Time of renewed hope and faith

The “empty tomb” is the foundation of our hope for a just world. Easter, then, is the celebration of hope in a world that is increasingly becoming hopeless. Hope for a better and just world is the special privilege of the poor and the marginalised. The Cross was Jesus identification with the struggles of the oppressed and the Resurrection, its vindication.

Have a hope-filled Easter!

Geevarghese Coorilos, WSCF Chairperson

What does Easter mean to you? Is it just a holiday when you don’t have to work? Or time spent with family and friends? Maybe it’s a time of fasting and abstinence from coffee or sweets? Regardless of the tradition you have and ways of celebrating it, I hope you can be reminded that Easter is a time of renewed hope and faith as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Easter story reminds us that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope. As we reflect on the meaning of Easter, let us hold onto the hope that comes from knowing that God is always with us. Let us be reminded that just as Jesus overcame death and rose again, we too can overcome the challenges we face in our lives. Around the world, people are facing many challenges, from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to economic struggles, social unrest, wars, and political turmoil. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by these problems and lose sight of the hope that lies within us.

But as we celebrate Easter, let us remember that hope is not just a feeling, it is a choice. It is a choice to believe in the power of God's love and to trust that He is with us, even in the darkest of times. It is a choice to believe that there is always a way forward, even when we cannot see it. We can find hope in the stories of people who have overcome great adversity, who have refused to give up in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. We can find hope in the countless acts of kindness and compassion that are happening every day, as people come together to support one another in difficult times. We can find hope in the work of the World Student Christian Federation, that despite all our challenges, our federation is making an impact in many people’s life because of God’s grace and committed work of many.

As we look to the future, let us hold onto the hope that comes from knowing that with faith and perseverance, we can overcome many challenges. Let us be inspired by the message of Easter, and let us work together to bring change, love, and compassion to those around us. Let us work towards healing and reconciliation and let us trust in the power of God's love to transform our broken world.

In the words of Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Christ is risen!

Pavlina Manavska, WSCF Vice-chairperson

May this Easter bring us new beginnings, renewed hope, and joyous celebrations with your loved ones. As we reflect on the sacrifices made and the love shown on the cross, let us also remember the power of resurrection and the promise of salvation. Wishing you a blessed and happy Easter filled with love, peace, and gratitude.

Christ is risen, He is risen indeed Alleluia!

Ebere Ubesie, WSCF Honorary Treasurer

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