Hope IS Alive

            Where do you see Hope today? If your immediate response to that question is, “There is no hope!” then keep reading.

            My perspective changed this morning in my conversation with God. I asked, “God, what are you doing in this pandemic?” Immediately, I saw a vision of God’s hands scooping us in, almost as if God were gathering a clutch of baby chicks.  The scripture verse from Luke 13:34 came to mind. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.”

            So I asked of the Lord, “Let me see hope today.” God showed me the number of people who are crying out for change. He showed me their perseverance and determination to make this world (not just the United States) a better place. It is bittersweet that this pandemic is bringing us together for change. We are tired of violence and killing. We are tired of hate and discrimination. We are tired of toxic politics and power grabs by authoritarian hungry leaders. We are tired of the divide-and-conquer method of the enemy and we are crying out to God and to one another, “I am with you!” We are turning around, and going a new direction.

            Some people look at the crowds in the street and see the chaos. The enemy’s goal is to “divide and conquer.” God’s goal is to bring us together, to unite us, to heal our world.

            Voices cry out, laws change. Hands raise to heaven in prayer and God moves. People suffer and the hearts of neighbors move to compassion. Children and the elderly are hungry and communities rally to feed them.

            Don’t give up on hope, my friends. God is here, gathering us together, scooping us up in love. See from God’s perspective. See the love and care of a mother hen scooping up her chicks. There is more love in the world than hate. Have eyes to see…

Hope IS alive!

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