I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. And I believe in love even when there’s no one there. And I believe in God even when He is silent. I believe through any trial there is always a way. But sometimes in this suffering and hopeless despair, my heart cries for shelter, to know someone’s there. But a voice rises within me saying, “Hold on my child. I’ll give you strength. I’ll give you hope. Just stay a little while” I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. And I believe in love even when there’s no one there. But I believe in God even when He is silent. I believe through any trial there is always a way. May there some day be sunshine, may there some day be happiness, may there some day be love, may there some day be peace.
Inscription of Hope/Z Randall Stroope/ Found on a wall at the end of the Second World War in Cologne, Germany and presumed made by a Jewish German citizen in hiding from the Nazis.
There is hope for our world. The suffering of so many people on our planet whether they be in Pakistan, Haiti, Sub-Saharan Africa, on the border between Mexico and the United States in Arizona, in cities like Detroit where it is easy to feel hopeless, or in any of a multitude of other places where people are oppressed by their governments, where they have insufficient food to eat, impure and unsafe water to drink, or are lacking a shelter to sleep at night and decent clothing, there is still hope.
Even when a nation has entirely lost its way, and pursues imperial dominion over the world and manufactures more weapons than any other, and even when the common good is discarded in favor of the dollar sign, and the rights of citizens are placed in jeopardy all in the name of fighting a war on drugs, terror, and those with foreign sounding names and with colored skins that do not match the dominant group. Even when an entire people’s culture and lands, and way of life have been destroyed since another’s came in 1492 to wipe it all away there is hope.
All of the great religious traditions of the world place compassion and care for others ahead of the self and offer wisdom for the living of a good life and even hope for a life after this one has ended.
Christians are about to enter Advent, a season of light and hope.
“Thus says the Lord: Maintain Justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.”
This holy proclamation gives us the strength to continue to do what is right and good for others and not just for ourselves. Even though others continue to pursue selfishness, are deceitful, are mean-spirited and even seemingly evil each human being has the autonomy to say no to these things and hear this call for justice and right. Let us all hear that call for justice and right as we pause to give thanks and later to celebrate the ending of a year, the winter solstice, the lighting of a lamp, and the birth of a savior in Bethlehem as prophesied so many years ago but as the blinking of an eye to the great Creator, the entity that controls and knows all things, that has no beginning and no end.