In his recent book, The Hope of Glory, Jon Meacham writes these words:
“Our faith is fragile, never immune to error, distortion, or deception…For the thoughtful believer, then, there is nothing more certain than the reality of uncertainty, nothing more natural than doubt, which is perhaps thirty seconds younger than faith itself.”
These words are written in the prologue and represent a tone more intimate than any of Meacham’s previous works. Rather than allowing ‘historian influence’ to overshadow, his writing reflects a rare glimpse of one examining the seven last words of Christ. He writes as a flawed, yet hopeful, human with faith and assurance of Christ’s redemption.
We are reminded that we can be honest open about our shortcomings, rather than hiding or denying our deficiencies. “Grieving our losses does not disconnect us from life but rather, like invisible threads, the losses of our lives weave life unto life,” says Donna O’Toole, a noted grief author, publisher, and teacher.
Just as Good Friday brings a darker reality to the Passover narrative, we are comforted by the promise(s) of Jesus’ words, then and NOW. As we continue our Lenten Journey, may we forever remember: “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
Published on Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 3:07 PM EDT