from the backseat, jackson replied, "well, there may not be much of a chance, but there's always one hope."
yes, buddy. you're right. there is always one hope. it may not be best founded in mcdonald's and their germ-infested hades pits of colored plastic, but there is always a hope nonetheless.
i've been thinking alot about hope lately. as i dream about the future, and as i allow myself to think some big thoughts about my purpose and the purpose of my place in this church, and this church's place in this community, i keep coming back to the idea of hope. even when i hear the bad news each day, or hear the daily complaining about the economy, i just keep thinking about hope. and i keep hearing this voice in my head, "there may not be much of a chance, but there is always one hope."
and that's how i want to live. and how i want to represent the Gospel. and how i want my ministry to be known...
in the midst of bleak news...hope
in the midst of brokenness....hope
in the midst of despair...hope
in the midst of cycles of poverty....hope
in the midst of patterns of sinfulness...hope
in the midst of increasingly polarized opinions...hope
in the midst of questions without answers, issues without solutions, and situations seemingly without hope...hope. always hope. who's with me?