Monday, August 3, 2009

What is hope?

One of my youth, when asked about what they thought about the concept of hope replied by saying that, "hope is the first step toward disappointment." I really appreciated his honesty and his ability to articulate his point. If you find yourself wanting to debate his statement then ask yourself what is hope...when:

Your six year old cousin dies
You're facing the divorce of your parents
You have been raped
Your most insecure place is at home
Your friends all turn on you because of a rumor
Your mom tells you that you ruined her life
You feel the only way toward peace is death
You watch your child throwing their life away

Vaclav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic once wrote these words from prison:

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well. But certainty that something makes sense. Regardless of how it turns out.

I agree. For me hope is not about what will happen, but about who will be with me when I get there. Hope seems simple but it can be so hard to see where Jesus is when the brown smelly stuff hits the fan. Especially when these youth haven't known him for very long. How do they know he won't reject and abandon them? After all everyone else has. How can they hope?
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