When evil strikes and we see symbols of prosperity torn asunder, we still hold on to it. When hurricanes race across our land and destroy property and lives, we still hold on to it. When leaders across the world talk about the use of nuclear weapons as if they are toys in the hands of children, we still hold on to it. When our faith in life, people, systems, institutions is shaken by the fact that human beings have always been and still are capable of making wrong decisions at times, we still hold on to it. Indeed, no matter what nefarious plot raises its ugly head among us, we still hold on to it. Yes, we still hold on to hope.
Someone has written the following: “The hope which beats within the breast of human beings has ever pictured a great and good end to the long process of history.” Nowhere is that more true than in the Judeo-Christian understanding of history. If we read the Bible carefully we come to understand that ultimately good triumphs over evil and life triumphs over death. The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is like an exclamation point for that understanding of history.
To reinforce that thought I share with you the following words from James Russell Lowell:
“Ah, there is something here
Unfathomed by the cynic’s sneer,
Something that gives our feeble Light
A high immunity from Night.
A conscience more divine than we,
A gladness fed with secret tears,
A vexing, forward-reaching sense
Of some more noble permanence;
A light across the sea,
Which haunts the soul and will not let it be,
Still beaconing from the heights of undegenerate years.”
So, we like the phoenix rising out of the ashes, rebuild that which has been destroyed, rise up when we have been knocked down, believe that new days do come and that better times are ahead. And, as followers of Jesus, we have even more support for such hope.
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 11:45 AM EDT