Last week I offered an evening program at the Benedictine Center of St. Paul Monastery titled We Dare to Hope. The title of the program came from a prayer written by Linda Jones. The words are:
We dare to imagine a world where hunger has no chance to show its face.
We dare to dream of a world where wars and terror are afraid to leave their mark.
We long to believe in a world of hope unchained and lives unfettered.
We dare to work for the creation of a world where your people are free from poverty. Your Kingdom come, O Lord, Your will be done. Amen.
The talk I gave addressed what we mean by hope and why hope is the central gift that we as Christians have to give our world. I also spoke about what sharing our Christian hope might look like.
The Benedictine Center asked me to write something for their blog that captured my remarks of that evening. Those remarks will be published in two parts. The first part has been posted, and you can read it here. Look for the second part next week.
The bottom line is this: We cannot become demoralized by the brokenness of the world in which we live. We must dare to hope and must share that hope. The consequences of not doing so would be deadly, not only to our own well-being, but to that of the world.