Bring hope this Easter and Christian Aid Week
Hope gets a bad rap. Communicated too often as a worn-out, weary cliché, considered a whimsical, flimsy replacement for action, consigned to the corner, or condemned to be seen as mere conjunction, sitting and simpering between faith and love. But we know better, for hope is not passive – hope is powerful!
It is what you are willing to put your weight behind and, like a rush of water or wind, it gains momentum. When we hope together, it is unstoppable.
Author, Barbara Kingsolver says in her book, Animal Dreams, “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
It is Holy Week, when the world holds its breath and HOPES – that good is stronger than evil, that love is stronger than hate, that life is stronger than death and new life is possible. What will our hope lead us to do? In a world where war has come so close, its proximity shining a magnifying light on the horror it wreaks wherever it goes, we hope for peace. And hope asks us – so, what are we going to do about it? In a world where climate chaos stalks already vulnerable communities and adds increasing pressure on survival itself, we hope for genuine measures, equitable sharing of resources and enough right now for those most at risk. And hope asks us – so, what are we going to do about it?
We are united in our humanity. We are united by our shared planet home. We are united in hope – and hope is powerful. Sitting strong, the linchpin between faith and love, hope keeps asking – what are we going to do about it, now? So, let’s get hoping!