The other day I was reflecting on some of the differences between Hope and Worry. Here’s what I came up with.
Hope believes a better world is possible… Worry believes the world is getting worse.
Hope asks, How can I help?… Worry asks, What’s the use?
Hope trusts in God… Worry trusts in nothing.
Hope is afraid, but takes the next first step… Worry is afraid and just sits there.
Hope knows God is always with us… Worry thinks God has abandoned us.
Hope says, I am only one, but I can do something…. Worry says, I am only one.
Hope evokes courage… Worry evokes timidity.
Hope energizes… Worry enervates.
Hope hangs on to Jesus’ promises… Worry asks, “What promises?”
Hope is joyful… Worry is cynical.
Hope says, “Hang in there.”… Worry says, “Give up already.”
Hope seeks out other hopeful companions… Worry hangs out with other worriers.
Hope asks, What can I do? … Worry worries.
Hope makes decisions… Worry worries.
Hope works hard… Worry worries.
Hope prays… Worry worries.
Do you agree or disagree with anything said about hope and worry in this reflection? If so, what and why?
Do any of the photographs speak to you today? If so, what are they saying to you?
Would you add anything to this reflection?
Do you find yourself anywhere in this reflection?
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PS #2: I ask your prayers for the virtual retreat on “Hope” that I will be leading May 24-28 at the Heartland Spiritual Center in Great Bend, KS. Many thanks!
PS #3: Happy Pentecost to all of you on Sunday! May the Holy Spirit come into our lives in whatever way we need the Spirit of God the most right now!
Hope prays. I chose this song because it exemplifies that great truth. It is an earnest plea for God’s help. The song is called “Earth to God” by John Rich. In using this song, I am not implying that God is somehow out there in outer space and far removed from what’s happening here on earth. On the contrary, I believe God is incarnate and active in our world—in creation, in humanity, and in our current world situation—including our global pandemic. But this song speaks to me because it humbly acknowledges our great need for God’s grace right now to lead us and give us strength…
I invite you to respond to this bog below. My readers and I enjoy hearing from you!