An Ebola epidemic.
War. Violence. Obituaries.
We don’t have to go deep into the headlines to know that death and despair surround us. Our human family is suffering intensely. We all are.
When I really let myself feel it, I squirm. Awareness of injustice gnaws at my edges, compelling me to feel uncomfortable with the peace and security that I enjoy daily. The thickness of sorrow stews in my praying heart. Intercessory prayers begging the madness to end pour out of me; these prayers seem to be stuck on repeat.
Then, a message from an ancient prophet quiets me:
On this mountain he will destroy
the veil that veils all peoples,
the web that is woven over all nations;
he will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from every face;
the reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.
On that day it will be said:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!” –Isaiah 25: 7-9
There is hope for all nations! I know this is real. God’s power is stronger than death. The Truth of Easter teaches me this.
The beauty of God’s designs in nature also remind me that we can be people of hope. The colors of the falling leaves insist that even when death and decay has its way, there’s reason to rejoice. There are many beautiful signs of God’s loving presence in the decay, in the changes and pain.
Indeed, signs of hope surround us. God’s love is known, even in the most awful, painful situations impacting our global family:
- Many people of faith and hope are uniting and crying out for an end to the bombing of Syria.
- The international community is uniting to help serve those impacted by the Ebola outbreak.
- People of faith unite with civic organizations to care for the most vulnerable and try to end war.
The people of God are helping God’s love and peace to be known! We all have a part to play. Each of us can become a sign of hope.
Yes–through our service, advocacy and prayer we can see God’s signs of hope, even in the midst of death and discouragement.
Yes–we can rejoice and be glad for God is saving us! Amen!
What other signs of hope do you know of? What actions are you participating in to help God’s love and peace be known? Please share with a comment!