Hope is in Our Midst

August 2014

This summer has had its share of heavy news, some far away – Israel and Gaza, Ukraine – and some as close as our nation’s border. As I watched and read the news about rockets killing civilians in shopping malls, rockets blasting passenger jets out of the sky, children fleeing violence and death in their Central American home countries only to be greeted at our border with hate and vitriol, I wondered: Where is the hope? Where is the better world to which God calls us?

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” Gandhi’s reminder that humanity is essentially, overwhelmingly good is encouraging. The reason I can find hope in humanity is because God has hope in humanity. God has not given up on us. God continues to love us, forgive us of our shortcomings and bless us with grace and mercy beyond all description. God keeps giving us second chances because God knows that we will find our way to that better world.

Where is the hope? God is our hope, and through God, we are the hope of the world.

Peace and love, Pastor Gage

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