Where Then Is My Hope?…

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation: One of my daughters said: “Everything happens for a reason”, while my other daughter in her agony said: “There is no reason”. Sometimes we have hope. We want to and can find meaning and comfort in our faith in God’s future and purpose for us. At other times we lose hope. We can’t see neither rhyme nor reason. Our faith in God is shaken. The future seems uncertain. We all know both experiences. Faith encompasses both. If I always found meaning, faith would be merely positive thinking. If I never found meaning, I might not have discovered yet that God is a relationship and not a thought or belief system. When we have hope, let us share our hope freely with others. When we have lost hope, let us ask like Job asked his friends: “Can you see any hope for me?”

Prayer: Life giving God, we seek refuge in You, especially when we don’t have much hope. We want to believe that everything happens for a reason. But when darkness strikes, we are not so sure anymore. God, comfort us and assure us that You are coming towards us from the future. Comfort us like a friend would, and let us know that you can see hope for us. Amen

Where then is my hope— who can see any hope for me? Job 17:15