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 Uganda 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.


5 Responses to “A Future Full of Hope”

  1. 1 Mike "K" Robinson June 2, 2015 at 6:42 am

    YOU ARE THAT RAY, GERRY, YOU ARE THAT RAINBOW AMID THESE DARK CLOUDS! On behalf of the planet and the human race, i little tiny voice from New York is calling out, “thanks, Gerry Straub!”

  2. 2 krebsjoan June 2, 2015 at 7:24 am

    ‘Interesting, Gerry. Again synchronicity reigns. The theme of my next blog is to be Americans’ obsession w/negativity and what this can says about us and how “A Future Full of Hope” is the only answer that can be made. Of course the blog won’t come out just this way. I’m beginning a novel entitled “How the Light Gets in” . The front piece refers to a poem, the last line of which mentions that everything gets in through a crack. Lots to meditate on here.

    I read a lot of what’s going on between Haiti and CA in your sharing; thank you for it.

  3. 3 aliceny June 2, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you, Gerry.
    That HOPE, paid for so dearly by Jesus the Christ and promised by Him when the new Kingdom of Heaven and Earth becomes a reality, is the only thing that keeps me sane — and able to get out of bed each day. It is something that I try consistently to share with my grandchildren (ages 32, 30, 25) as they try to make their way in a shattered, violent godless world.

  4. 4 medali marathon July 8, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday.
    It’s always helpful to read content from other authors and
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  5. 5 Jadwal Bola July 16, 2015 at 3:46 am

    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis.

    It’s always useful to read articles from other authors and use a little something from their sites.

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