Tag Archives: hope

It’s time to wind the clock

In the very bad year 1973 – things were not as bad as they are today, but they were bad nevertheless – one man’s short, simple letter struck a note of hope and encouragement that continues to reverberate today, especially today, when it’s needed. In that year, inflation was running more than six percent annually […]

In the darkness, leaning toward the light

In the wake of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, I’m looking for any flicker of light, any hope, in what seems to be a land of deep darkness. There’s only one place where I think I have any chance of finding it. The Washington Post (“Rock bottom: Supreme Court […]

Yet I will rejoice

It saddens me when a man who has spent the better part of his life embodying the light of transcendent hope loses even a modicum of that hope, a loss to which a friend recently confessed because of what’s happening under the Trump administration. (I will continue to refer to this president primarily as Ozzie, […]

Table manners

Much of what defined the Corinthian church in the first century of the Common Era was disagreement. It seemed as if disagreements and divisions ran through the church like yeast through a loaf of bread. Members were splitting into factions as groups of them followed different leaders with different theologies (1 Cor. 1:11-12). They disagreed […]

When hope is lost

It’s a good question – “Can these bones live” (Ezek. 37:3)? Not a question about the bones of a mighty army bleaching in the sun on a great battlefield that might have sparked Ezekiel’s imagination. And not a question merely about “the whole house of Israel” (v. 11) that those bones symbolized for him. It’s […]

This faithful God

Sometimes I imagine a congress of the faithful calling God to a confirmation hearing and starting the questions with: Will you be faithful to your promises? We sing from time to time, “Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee; / thou changest not, thy compassions, they […]

Are you the one?

The promise of Christmas is that the desert shall bloom and rejoice, and a highway shall be there, a road that leads all nations to God (Isa. 35:1, 8; 2:2). But what happens when the desert doesn’t bloom? What happens when instead of rejoicing we hear the din of destruction, the weeping of despair and […]

Hope rising

Every year I complain about the season’s rush toward Christmas with its apparently irresistible and irreversible consumerism. Every year I hold out hope that the true meaning of Advent might dominate the headlines and our calendars, or at least dominate my attention. And every year hectic preparation bullies aside the opportunity to appreciate “how silently, […]

Always we begin again

In the most unlikely of times, the most unlikely invitation came. Although it was the invitation Israel desperately wanted to hear, it contained a promise that many must have thought naïve and unbelievable, or nearly so – a vision for the distant future, for another lifetime. But biblical visions have a way of falling out […]

Between the gains and the losses

Ruby is gone. The robin that built her nest on one of our garage lights has been missing since we returned from vacation, leaving behind a single delicate jewel of robin’s-egg blue. The promise she brought when she built her nest – that we might be close witnesses of the hatching and fledging of her […]