Today’s blog asks the question, “Where do we find hope?”
Brothers and sisters:
Hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God
has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Where is the Hope?
As any human being who is honest with themselves and the rest of the world will admit…..the human condition sucks! We suffer disappointment, loss, death, disease, war, pestilence, hunger, homelessness, broken hearts and broken dreams. In the face of all these challenges, we are tempted to believe, “Life sucks, and then you die.” If this is true, why did we agree to this human experience in the first place and why do we stay here to endure sure suffering and pain? In a word – HOPE!
Planted in our Hearts
Whether we simply believe in the resilience of human nature or in the idea of a benevolent Creator/God…..there is something within us that keeps us going in spite of the sure suffering and pain of the human condition. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, called that “something” HOPE. Hope is the thing that keeps us moving in the midst of tragedy. Hope is what keeps us alive in the face of death. Hope is what keeps us believing in a better day, life, existence. Hope, as Paul describes, is God’s love, planted in our heart, driving us, compelling us, fueling us, moving us. Hope allows us to dream beyond the pain and imagine better things, better days, better dreams. Hope opens our eyes to see beyond the veil of suffering to the hidden glory – the new life in the midst of death, the new possibilities beyond perceived failure, the new love beyond betrayal. Hope allows us to see beyond the limitations of our human eyes to see with the eyes of the Divine.
Claiming Hope as Our Own
But where do we find this hope when we feel that all is lost? The answer – WITHIN. As Paul reminds, hope is found in our hearts in our intimate connection with that which we might call God. And the way to get there? (Have I beat this horse dead yet?) PRAYER… MEDITATION… SPIRITUAL PRACTICE…CREATIVE ENDEAVORS…LOVING CONNECTIONS WITH OTHERS… To find the hope we think we have lost, we need only return to that which is closest to us….our inner selves, God, love. So when you feel beat down by the human condition, when you feel disappointed, despairing, alone……GO WITHIN. Pray. Meditate. Paint. Draw. Write. Cook. Practice Yoga. Sing. Dance. Spend time with someone you love. This is where you will rediscover that spark of hope that will keep you moving and help you see the light in the midst of the darkness.
What are the practices that have helped you rediscover hope?
How do you make it through the struggles of the human condition?
How do you know the God in your heart?
Authentic Freedom Ministries