Unmasking Hope

Chapter 39

Good Monday Morning to this new week 38 of 2020

For many of us, these are very confusing times. We’re challenged to constantly choose the lens we look through life and hope with.

“Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.” – C.S. Lewis

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Romans 5:1 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

1. Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain:  faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.”

We live in a fast-paced, instant gratification oriented society. Complex ideas, thoughts and emotions have been compressed into megabytes. We have become fairly incapable of assimilating large chunks of information and constructing our own complex thoughts, feelings and opinions. We are at the mercy of rapid-fire newsfeed to shape our perception of reality. The result of this is desensitization toward important issues and sadly, individuals. It’s so easy to throw out statements like “ It’s been 19 years since 9/11, they should be getting over it!” and “That homeless guy could just get a job if he really wanted to.” This compresses an individual’s life journey into one judgment. We don’t want the discomfort, and we don’t want to take the time to understand complicated societal, political and human issues that allow us to honestly address a person’s misfortune or life situation.

The Soul’s Conflict with Itself, as written in Psalm 42:5 that is exactly what you have, the soul arguing with itself, preaching to itself. “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God!”

Eric Christiansen made the film “Unmasking Hope” and quotes: We need society to rise up and tell their stories, change starts in the heart. What lens do we choose to look through, to not only see ourselves?
Unmasking Hope chronicles the extraordinary stories of trauma survivors who know of their spiritual, physical and emotional pain. From survivors of 9/11 and mass shootings, the film goes behind their masks to experience the abuse, social stigma, and moral injury that have scarred their souls.  Taken on their journey from seclusion to inclusion, we realize that the aggregate stories of these brave individuals share a powerful message of HOPE, inspiring us to unMASK hope and be who we were born to be.

The Soul’s Conflict with Itself, as written in Psalm 42:5 that is exactly what you have, the soul arguing with itself, preaching to itself. “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God!”

As CS Lewis put’s it “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.”

Psalm 33:22  Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

Wishing you a blessed with this perspective of Hope!

Philemon

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