1.How do so many people live without hope? Without something to believe in? What does living without hope do to us? What has it done to our world? Chris thought she had found peace in the mountains, only to find out that, once again, for her, peace was a fantasy. A hopeless dream.
2.Is it possible for a person find peace without hope? Do you think Chris was really ready to end her life? If Erin hadn’t shown up, do you think Chris would have pushed herself off the couch and continued on with her life as if nothing had happened?
3.Why do you think Erin stopped her life, disappointed her husband, risked her health and the health of her unborn child, and spent a lot of money to fly to Colorado? What do you think would have happened in her life if she had stayed home?
4.What do you think would have happened to Chris if Erin had stayed home?
5.Was it disturbing to you that Erin took off her wedding ring? Do you understand and agree with her motivations for doing so? Do you think she was wrong for breaking her promise to her husband? What would have happened if Chris had noticed the ring as soon as Erin stepped in the door? If she had noticed it, would that have changed anything?
6.Is there someone in your life who needs a visit from you? Do you need to make an “insane trip”? Is there someone who needs your perseverance? Are you intimidated by the risk?
In the last month, I have paid my taxes, been summoned for jury duty, and received my ballot in the mail for a rinky-dink county election. All three things left me grumbling. We hear a lot about our freedoms as Americans. We’re told to never take them for granted. Yet, we do.
7.Will we ever fully realize and appreciate the sacrifice of our Armed Forces down through history to give us these freedoms, however rinky-dink they may be?
8.In your world, is there a veteran you need to thank? If so, do you already know how he or she will react to your gratitude?
9.In our culture today, are we truly able to love our brothers and sisters as Christ commanded?
10.Are we able to love those who don’t know Christ and don’t understand His love or how it should be received?
11.With the way our world has tainted love, do you feel hindered in expressing what you know to be the true love of Christ?
12. Do you allow anything to intimidate you from loving others as Christ loved his disciples?