Sometimes, it is hard to imagine a new life and a new world when there is so much to be rightfully troubled about. This is true when you think about the broad story of struggle in our country, but more so when we consider what is difficult about our day to day lived experiences.
It takes courage to dream beyond living paycheck to paycheck, beyond our own illness or the illness of the ones we love, beyond our child’s difficulty with reading, beyond our youth’s difficulty making decisions with an understanding of consequences, beyond the reality that we are getting older than we feel, beyond the recognition that we have not yet found all the answers and may never, beyond the pain of conflict with our spouse, beyond discrimination from people who claim to be better, beyond uncertainty, beyond doubt.
It takes courage and it takes hope.
Paul is truly awful at times, and yet capable of profound beauty in others—the same is true of most people. But he writes in 1 Corinthians: Now I would remind you, siblings, of the good news proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.
May we hear the reminder to stand in the message we have already received, which is the good news of new life God has promised us. We are being saved each day if we open ourselves to it. The courage to imagine is already among us. May we take heart and find hope in one another today and each day forward.