A God of Hope
Today, on the way to drop off the boys to school, I was given hope.
I watched from the other side of the highway as an elderly man pulled over on the other side of the road. I watched how several cars passed him. Trucks, automobiles, SUVs, even a Tesla. No one stopped. I watched a young gentleman wearing jeans and a t-shirt, exposing his tattooed sleeve, run across the highway. I watched him exchange words with the elderly man. I watched him wave his friend down who sat in a battered, two-toned, Toyota. I watched as he helped the elderly man charge his dead battery. I watched him smile and shake his hand, then get in his car and drive away.
My hope has been minimal. Is love strong enough? Does the good guy really win? Where are you Lord?!
In that moment that small but monumental moment, I was given new life. I could hear the spirit whisper, "See, I'm everywhere. We're everywhere. All it takes is one act, one moment, to commit to love. Don't give up. Help me change the world. Anyone can fight the good fight. Anyone can love."
"25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Luke 10: 25-37
Abundantly With Love,