March 27, 2020

Published March 27, 2020 by St Matthews Lutheran Church in Daily Message

24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
                                                                                                Romans 8: 24,25

To follow up a bit on yesterday’s ponderings, Paul addresses our uncertainties – the fact that we can’t see the road ahead clearly – by assuring us that God is present even – or perhaps especially – when we can’t see the next steps. When he says that we wait with patience, it isn’t about sitting back and doing nothing. Rather, patience for us is about living each day in the sure knowledge that God works all things for our good.

In her book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor shares her own journey through the dark times, discovering God in new and different ways. One of the truths she shares- here is some good news you can use: even when light fades and darkness falls – as it does every single day in every single life- God does not turn the world over to some other deity.

We are indeed in dark times. God is still present. Hope for God is good.

Let us pray.

Loving God, inspire us in hope through your Holy Spirit. Give us a fresh vision of your love and grant us the desire to see you in the darkness; through our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.