Here's to Hope!

It’s been a rough week. It’s been yet another week when an inexplicably horrendous mass shooting has occurred. 59 dead human beings, each made in the image of God, shot in Las Vegas. And since June of last year—477 days—there have been 521 mass shootings in the U.S. Lord have mercy… The guns used in Las Vegas were designed to kill people quickly and randomly. They are weapons designed for war. No matter what you think about war such guns are obscene. No one should be able to obtain such guns no matter how they do on the background checks. It’s been a rough week to remain hopeful.

But as a committed follower of Jesus, I remain hopeful. I remain steadfast in my commitment to following the one who said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” and “Love your enemies” and “Pray for your enemies.” It is in following Jesus that I have discovered that owning a gun is not healthy. I don’t trust me. I don’t trust my ability to love my enemies while armed.

But back to hope! Hope is not tied to life making sense. As a matter of fact, hope is best understood in view of a death that was based on love. Jesus loves us! It was his love for us that held him on the cross. Life in Christ is about, “faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.” So in these rough weeks I hang on fiercely to my faith and hope because of love. Love always makes sense.

So this week, and every week, I’m planning to do what Michelle Warren suggests in her book, The Power of Proximity. She talks about a question that she has been asked more times than she can count: “How can you continue to work on things that may never change?” Here’s her answer, which is now my plan as we work to bring God’s kingdom to Abilene as it is in heaven: “I drink a big glass of hope every day when I get up. Some days the glass needed is bigger than others.”

Come by any time and let’s lift a glass of hope!