In the midst of the greatest technological age people seem to be under tremendous pressure. Like never before, they are faced with increasing threats of terrorism, wars, rumor of wars, earthquakes, flood warnings, and the ongoing economic crisis. As if these issues are not enough, they are also faced with their own personal barrenness and pain that is reflected in the ashes of their past.

Many have lost hope and can see no way out. Yet God has promised to take our pain and transform it into purpose when we put our trust in Him. It is said that in nature periods of great renewal and growth often follow periods of significant disturbance and even seeming destruction. For out of our ashes God is able to make new life grow. As we daily look to Him our personal pain can give way to new or renewed purpose and hope.]]>