The bridge between death and hope is often tenuous at best. Folks face death every day. Dying communities. Dying ecosystems. Dying employment sectors. Dying churches. Dying loved ones. But the good news of Jesus Christ is that God works with the dead and dying to bring new life. The bad news for us is that the resurrection power of God is only visible in the face of death. For faithful people like Abraham and Sarah, the link between death and hope is laughter. This week’s sermon looks at the birth of Isaac.