Reflections and musings occasioned by Caputo, The Folly of God,
. . . we live lives of hope—in the hint of the promise of what is to come, of what is being called for. . . (Caputo, The Folly of God, 35)
I never think of myself as a person who hopes. My life is more focused on the present than on the future. I am open to the future—come what may. I like thinking about the future as the venue of the impossible possibility. But, even if the future is simply the venue of more of the same, it will come as it comes—surprises compounded with the blasé.
Hope is not a category of my thinking. It is, however, an element of my being. I have previously made the distinction between hoped-for-nessand hope-full-ness (hopefulness). Hoped-for-ness is about dreams of a self-satisfying, predictable future. Hoped-for-ness is easily disappointed as pie-in-the-sky dreams are just that—written in the air, no substance. Hopefulness, however, is more about a way of life in the here and how, not life lived for the future.
Brunner suggested that hope is for the human spirit what oxygen is for human life. Hope is something I breathe into, not something I await.
I suppose my views on hope have been either compromised or elevated by my discarding the hoped-for-ness of a heavenly afterlife. I don’t even expect heaven-on-earth. As each new day dawns, I arise.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of an abba-presence
Through trust in the Depth,
Through confession of the Oneness
I arise today
Through the strength of Yeshua’s baptism,
validated by his wilderness experience,
Through the strength of his confronting life day by day,
even unto his ignominious death on a cross
Through the strength of his resurrection,
into the lives of his followers.
I arise today, through
The strength of creation,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.
I arise today, finding
Deep strength to pilot me,
Deep might to uphold me,
Deep wisdom to guide me,
Deep insight to move me,
Deep insistence to direct me,
From everyone afar and near.
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
I arise today!