"And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You."
~ Psalm 39: 7
One of the things that I often encounter when I meet people is that there seems to be such a need for hope.
So many people seem to have lost hope that things can get better. The reasons are many. Corporations seem to no longer be a place of security. Friends and families seem to be at odds about one subject or another.
Still in Houston and surrounding communities, entire neighborhoods remain in a state of recovery following a hurricane a few months ago. The news seems to remind us what is wrong with the world. It simply seems to go on and on.
I don't think that the loss of hope is all that uncommon. It is simply a part of life. It is a reminder to each of us that our faith and our faith that things will get better is also an invitation for us to get involved.
Recently a friend shared of some difficult decisions she was being forced to make, and I responded, "You must remember to have hope."
While remaining hopeful can be challenging, our hope must remain found within the promises of God.
Did you know the two most common words found in the Old Testament, or Hebrew Scriptures of the Bible, have to do with "turning away from God," and "returning to God?"
It is our nature to turn from God and return. There is nothing new about experiencing this feeling of hopelessness, however, it's new because we are another generation and it effects us directly. People throughout time seem to loose hope, only to discover that God has never left their side.
Today, as many days, my hope is in the Lord. We must remain hopeful that things will always get better, and pray that we remain hopeful for one another.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
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.