Too often, when we give someone a blessing or word of encouragement, the response is a rather lethargic or even fearful “I hope so.” However, in the beautiful hymn, “Live Into Hope,” Jane Parker Huber reminds us that hope is not passive – that God just might be asking us to take part.
If we believe that God is still active in our lives, then we must surely need to accept the idea that God still has hope for us. Not a remote, generalized hope, but a vigorous breath that opens us to new ways of thinking and being in this world. Therefore, if God’s hope for us is to bear good fruit, then we must respond with a hope that is alive, and to the best of abilities, we must be willing to live into that hope. God’s hope is an invitation. How will we answer? How will we live?
Live into hope of captives freed from chains of fear or want or greed. God now proclaims our full release to faith and hope and joy and peace.
Jane Parker Huber, 1980.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7
Rev. Sue Ann