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Hope – A Reflection

April 22, 2020
A Bull Elk with his passenger. A Magpie!

The signs of spring are all around us. The Elk are shedding their winter coats and will soon have their sleek summer coats. They are also sprouting their new antlers which are covered in velvet until mating season (Rut) begins in the fall. The cool thing about this picture is that we see the connection between our wild neighbors. The magpies catch rides on the backs of the Elk and actually help them to remove the annoying ticks while having a meal on-the-go!

This same sort of connection is what we are called to have as neighbors. I find it interesting that during times of social isolation and distancing that people are finding or creating new ways to be connected as neighbors. I see this happening in churches around the country who are figuring out new ways to help their neighbors (especially their food and shelter insecure neighbors) during this time.

We are indeed being called to be different from what we see too often in the halls of government and in news reports. I think of the folks who daily put their lives at risk providing medical care, food, and other needed supplies. I look at teachers who are thinking outside of the box (along with parents) as they continue to help children to learn and grow.

Yes, a lot has changed and the future in front of us is unknown. People ask when we will return to normal. I think the question should be, how do we create a new and better normal than we had before. In the midst of these times of uncertainty we are called to both seek out hope and to share that hope with others. As I lead worship in a new way via Zoom, the message of Jesus is still the same. I find hope and comfort in the fact that Jesus is walking with us through this storm.

While contemplating hope in the midst of unusual times I was reminded of Thomas Merton’s prayer from his book Thoughts in Solitude. MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. (p. 79)

Hope is what we need now and even though we can’t see the road ahead of us, I find hope in the ones who I am this journey with. And that hope will set us free.

3 Comments
  1. Amen to this: ” I think the question should be, how do we create a new and better normal than we had before.” Yes, indeed it is! May it be so, Lord. Open our eyes to the possibilities before us. Thank you, Michael. ❤

  2. hlcgkids permalink

    Amen.

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