These are hard days we’re living in. The economy is on everyone’s mind. Words like “bailout” and “corporate bonuses” have caught our ire. I have several friends and loved ones who are looking for jobs right now; even those who have jobs are worried about how a drop in production will affect them. I have even more friends who are either dealing with an illness of some kind or they have a family member that is very sick. The circumstances of life sometime seem to conspire against us. Hope becomes something of a commodity.
It’s hard not to get down about all of this. As I pray this morning, just about the only solace I can find is in God’s Word. I’m reminded of Paul’s words in Romans, words that have become something of a little mantra for me in 2009. May the words of Holy scripture produce in you overflowing hope in these dark days:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. — Romans 15.13