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Thoughts and Happenings

LENT 2019 - Wednesday, March 13

Posted by Mary Pneuman on

Psalm 119:49-50. Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my distress, that your promise gives me life.

In these lines, the psalmist has a personal relationship with God and seems to be praying for deliverance from some kind of trouble. He is asking God to remember what he has promised, appearing to acknowledge his human doubt in wondering if God may need a reminder. But his confidence in God’s promise of protection is asserted in the next lines, where he affirms his faith in God and the gift of life-giving hope. His faith is the source of his hope and his life depends on it. In these lines, the psalmist has a personal relationship with God and seems to be praying for deliverance from some kind of trouble. He is asking God to remember what he has promised, appearing to acknowledge his human doubt in wondering if God may need a reminder. But his confidence in God’s promise of protection is asserted in the next lines, where he affirms his faith in God and the gift of life-giving hope. His faith is the source of his hope and his life depends on it. All of us can think of times when hope for survival must have been alive even when it appeared that all hope was lost. Remember the 12 teenaged Thai soccer players who, along with their young coach spent 17 days trapped in a flooded cave—9 days in darkness with no awareness that rescue was under way or the 33 Chilean miners found alive after a 14-week underground ordeal in 2010.  What made it possible for a prisoner to survive a Nazi death camp or motivates the students who survived the mass shooting at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School to political action? In our own lives we see again and again how hope keeps fear or despair at bay and helps pull us through a crisis, whether health or relational, the loss of a loved one or our own fear of death.  We simply cannot live without hope. Hope is the gift of the Holy Spirit given to us by God, and we can trust that He will neither forget nor fail us, whether we live or die.  God is our hope. 

—Mary Pneuman

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