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Saturday, June 29, 2019

A mystery of hope

Here are two truthful statements:

The love of God is the most powerful force in the world.

The world is filled with an incredible amount of suffering.

There are some very serious issues that might cause someone to despair; poverty, drugs, global warming, and loss of critical habitats and sensitive ecosystems to name a few.

Is there hope?

Could we ever mess things up so bad that God can't fix it?

The Christian tradition says that there is hope for all creation because the power of the love of God in Jesus Christ is without limit.

There is hope because of Jesus. That's right; nobody thought a dead man could be raised back to life but it happened in the life of Jesus some 2000 years ago; and this is a testament to the power of the love of God. The God who created the world and everything in it is the God who brings order out of chaos, life out of death, and hope out of despair.  

The Christian tradition also says that the church is the body of Jesus Christ in this world and as such we have work to do.

As we consider these truths we find ourselves invited to enter into a mystery of hope.

At the heart of the mystery of hope is yet another truth: With or without us the power of God’s love will prevail. 

If life was simply about acknowledging that God is in control so I don't have to do anything that would make life easy. While I would certainly acknowledge that God is in control this should not translate into apathetic living.

The mystery of hope (in the Christian tradition) brings us to the intersection of these two truths:

1) With or without us the power of God's love will prevail.

2) Human beings have a critical role to play in the establishment of God's peace on earth. 

As we partner with God in living the lives we've been given, we hold these paradoxical truths simultaneously within ourselves.

As I ponder the mystery of hope I'm once again drawn back into the same heart space, this prayer of openness to God's continuing work in me:

Change the desires of my heart, loving God, so that it beats in tune with yours; and may the changes you're bringing about within me find expression in my living. Fill me with your hope, and make me to be an expression of it in this world, in Jesus' name, Amen.

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