I want to thank the folks at Trinity in Drayton ND for the work that was done in making and delivering these quilts for Lutheran World Relief. We dedicated them on Sunday and I am told that even the men got involved in building or sewing or what ever it is that needs to be done to construct a quilt. There are a lot of quilts there but it made me think. -What hope do we have to give hope to the hopeless when things seem to be getting more hopeless all the time? There seems to be no hope wherever we look.
I’ve been thinking a lot about hopeless things lately. What is hopeless,? What gives us hope, and what kinds of things should Christians invest their time and energy into to give hope? I’ve been doing some studying trying to figure out what exactly hope is. Interestingly enough in the biblical perspective it is a necessary attribute of our entire life. In the book of Ecclesiastes 9:4 we read, “to him that is joined to all the living there is hope”. Another way of saying that is “where there’s life there’s hope.” As long as we have breath, we should have hope. In fact we can take it one step further and say if we have Christ who is the way, the truth, and the life, we have hope.
We seem to be living in a hopeless world, because we’re living in a faithless world. Wherever you see someone who has no faith you will see someone who has no hope. Those who are “without Christ are describing the Scriptures as “having no hope and without God in the world” Ephesians 2:12. People without Christ sorrow as if there is no hope. Peter says our hope rest upon God’s abundant mercy. Therefore we can be merciful (1 Peter 1:3).