So much of the time we live in those fragile places where the ordinary events of life are juxtaposed against disappointments, anxiety, worry, loss. Whether we’re wrestling with the usual challenges or dealing with truly earth-shattering events and issues that are causes for deep despair, we all know the necessity of hope.
Without hope, spirits are broken. Without hope, dreams are crushed. Without hope, people die.
Our God is a God of hope and we remember these stories—Noah and his family, Ruth and Naomi, the Easter resurrection—that bear hope in the midst of hopelessness. As Paul writes in Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope.”
This message was adapted from “To Remember, To Hope” by Julie K. Aageson that appeared in the November 2009 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine. Today is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost. The readings are Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Lamentations 1:1-6 (semicontinuous); Psalm 37:1-9; Lamentations 3:19-26 (semicontinuous); Psalm 137 (semicontinuous) (alternate); 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10.