"And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You."
~ Psalm 39: 7
With so many events in the news this week, one of the things I have noticed is that people seem to have lost hope. They have lost hope that things will get better. Bombs, shootings, hateful campaign commercials, road rage... It goes on and on.
All of this things can cause us pain. I don't think that the loss of hope is all that uncommon. It is a reminder to each of us that our faith and the faith that things will get better is also an invitation for us to get involved.
I shared with someone the other night while listening to the person literally fall apart as she shared about how all of the recent events in the world was effecting her. My response was, "we must still have hope."
This is going to be a challenge for all of us. We have been subjected to some very unhealthy and excuse my word, "nasty" examples of what the human race is capable of dishing out.
It will be hard to accept most anything, but somewhere in all of this we must have hope.
The God of all creation often must wait for us to really mess things up before we recognize our need to return to God. Did you know the two most common words found in the Hebrew scripture mean, "to go away from" and "return?"
It is our nature to turn from God and return. There is nothing new about this situation, however, it's new because we are another generation and it effects us directly.
Today, as many days, my hope is in the Lord. I'm trusting that things will get better, and praying that we arrive together.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.