Sacred Hope

“Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence.”  Colossians 1:22 (The Message)

Sacred hope, is different than being optimistic. It’s not the same as wishing things could be different. It’s easy to find myself wishing that countries in the Middle East would stop fighting and start listening to one another. Wishing that Isis, would have a complete behavioral shift. That congress would start listening, to the hopes and concerns of the people, rather than reacting to insure their own political ends. I can change the language I use and insert the words hoping, rather than wishing but, this shift doesn’t change a thing, as long as I cling to my own desired outcomes.

In Praying for Justice and Peace, Jane Vennard writes, “Sacred hope is open-ended, not attached to outcome; sacred hope is patient and willing to wait but, this waiting is not passive, for it is alive with expectation and ready to receive whatever a merciful God has to offer.”

We all have a natural resistance to change. Praying for a softening of hearts for ourselves and for others, is not a concrete answer to our prayers but, a portal where we can experience sadness even anger. Where we can look forward toward the future with sacred hope, believing in the transforming grace of God.

Once in another lifetime, I worked in a lab. It was fascinating to see a whole other world through a microscope. If you have ever looked at the world through a microscope, you can’t deny the incredible design and order in creation. God must be a being of incredible design, order and beauty. Even with the naked eye, we see beauty all around us. We know this is powerful stuff. One quality of God’s nature is justice, another is Great Love. I find sacred hope in the generosity of God’s heart.

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.” Isaiah 40:28

Father Spirit,
Thank you for the generous reminders that we are all interconnected. Help us to live a life of love and prayer. We trust your presence and the peace you give. We marvel at the design and love you have for this world. 
Amen

Lois Autterson


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