Radical Hope

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Lamentations 3:19-26     19 The memory of my suffering and homelessness is bitterness and poison. 20 I can’t help but remember and am depressed. 21 I call all this to mind—therefore, I will wait. 22 Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn’t ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through! 23 They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness. 24 I think: The Lord is my portion! Therefore, I’ll wait for him. 25 The Lord is good to those who hope in him, to the person who seeks him. 26 It’s good to wait in silence for the Lord’s deliverance. (CEB)
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

There are times when it is easy to get caught in a depressive, downward spiral, thinking that when the hard times come the good ones are lost forever — either one or the other. What I have learned, however, is that you can’t have one without the other. Therein is my hope.

Yeshua refused to resist evil, but integrated the evil that was befalling him (and even that which was within him) with everything else in his life to issue forth his mission in the name of God. Perhaps. Yeshua didn’t promise us a Kingdom of Goodness; instead he call us into a Commonwealth of Peace and Justice.

Peace is the integration of all that is in conflict into cooperative community; Justice integrates both the high & mighty and the down & out into a dynamic, functional society that serves the needs of all. Integration toward wholeness rather than either / or. That is the Way which Yeshua lived and taught.

That is the salvation for which we hope and work.

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