Sand-filled “troughs” hold candles that are burned during prayers at the local churches. Usually well-tended, this one caught my attention with its heaps of melted wax, sand, and candle nubs. The local language has a verb form that translates something like this, “I hope, but I don’t really think it will happen.” It seems like these candles may be speaking those same sentiments… “I hope, but…”. My own heart often echoes that as well. But, we serve a God who is faithful and certain and a promise keeper. Please pray that our friends will know His true character, and that their hope will be in Him and Him alone.