Hope… Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said that, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness” The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews wrote that we hope in things unseen. The Apostle Paul while writing the Corinthians said, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide.” Hope…
Just a few weeks ago, my wife and I went on a mid-day date. It was our first time in a restaurant together since May of 2020. We went to the grocery store later that day and didn’t wear our masks. I believe it is safe to say that many of us were starting to feel like we were perhaps on the other side of this pandemic. But over the last few weeks, the number of infections has begun to trend the wrong way. Masks are being worn once again by folks who had just begun to be comfortable with the idea of taking them off. It seems as if we are all holding our collective breath waiting to see what will happen next.
In times like these, it can be difficult to choose hope. And yet, hope is just that – a choice. And for Christians, we choose to place our hope in Jesus Christ. This hope in the light of the world and the lover of our souls has the power to sustain us even in difficult times. And so, we continue to hope in Christ Jesus, and we continue to let the love of God and the light of the gospel shine in our lives. This is my prayer for each and every person in our church right now. That even in the midst of a pandemic, we will continue to choose hope. And in the midst of our choice to hope, I am confident that God will sustain us with abundant faith and love.