Archives for June 2015
Text: Romans 8:18-27
In the words of Paul Tillich, “nobody can live without hope, even if it were only for the smallest things which give some satisfaction even under the worst of conditions, even in poverty, sickness, and social failure. Without hope, the tension of our life toward the future would vanish, and with it, life itself.” Another Paul, centuries earlier, wrote to his friends similar sentiments, “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
It is this, what Tillich calls, “the right to hope” that I want to talk about this morning. Like me, maybe you have never thought about the “right” to hope. Instead, you have just hoped—hoped that the dark spot on the x-ray would turn out to be nothing serious, hoped that your child would be safe when they leave the driveway for the first time after getting their license, hoped that you would find that person who you would want to spend the rest of your life with, hoped that the job promotion would come through, hoped that the depression would eventually lift, hoped that all your dreams for your life would come true. You really didn’t think about the “right to hope,” you simply hoped.