A Future Full of Hope

God is beyond the world yet God can be found in and through the world, especially the world of the marginalized and the weak.

The prophet Jeremiah proclaimed: “I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me, says the Lord, and I will change your lot.” [Jeremiah 19:11-14]

On the surface you don’t see much hope in the slums and camps of Kenya and Haiti. Beyond those two impoverished nations, almost half of humanity faces poverty, hunger and disease on a daily basis. Many of them also face terrorism and war that results in their displacement. Others are caught up in the nightmare of human trafficking, sold into slavery.

Where is God in this picture, where is the hope God promises?

Reflecting on Psalm 23 Leonardo Boff writes: “There is indeed a dark valley, a valley of death; there are enemies and persecutions. It is within this darkness that God comes to us as a shepherd and host, and assures us: I am with you.”

Those who trust in God despite their sorrows and tragedies know this hope, know God will bring them through the darkness. When we know this hope we want to share it and bring the light of hope to those living in the darkness of chronic poverty. God calls us to be love for one another. When we reach out in love to someone, we give them the gift of hope, the gift of life.


1 Response to “A Future Full of Hope”

  1. 1 Jerry March 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    “God calls us to be love for one another.” – That’s a beautiful way of expressing what God is asking of us. I also appreciated your prior post of “scribbles”.

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