Pathways - Lent IV

Posted: 3/15/2012

Hope

We hope we will have enough money or time to get "things done." We hope we will be thin enough or smart enough for whatever comes next. We hope our bodies will not fail us. We hope our children will succeed. We hope the Cubs will win this year (at least once!). We hope. We hope. We hope.

When we think of Hope like this we are actually confusing hoping with wishing, and that is easy to do. But in the Bible, Hope is something different. Hope is more than wishing because Hope is not looking for something from the outside, expecting it to fill a hole inside of us. Unlike a wish, Hope is not hungry. Hope is the gift of a different attitude and it demands that we show up, stay present, and almost keep a vigil for whatever lies ahead. Hope calls us, like a sergeant calls a soldier, to be present and to stand alert. Hope, if you will, needs us. It needs our eyes, our ears, and our hearts in order for all that God has to give us will be realized. When we Hope for something we are committing to it. Hope does not require that we know the answers to how, when, or where, but it does require our participation. Hope requires our faith and active trust in a God who promises that nothing, not even death, can keep us from the love of God. Hope says, "Do Not Be Afraid: I Am With You".

Consider this:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. [1Peter 1:3]

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream. [Martin Luther King, Jr.]

These quotes exemplify the virtue of Hope in a powerful way. They remind us that Hope is not a static or still virtue. It is active and moves us into action. Hope is alive within us. It is most alive, most at work, when we believe in it. Hope is our strong guardian traveling with us each day.

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