Hope Dictates We Must
Our world is filled with conflict among nations and between one another.
The promise of God is peace.
Oppression takes place in our communities and in our relationships.
The promise of God is justice.
We want to control others without mercy, and we imprison ourselves in hopelessness.
The promise of God is freedom.
Neglecting the poor, we blame them
for their problems.
The promise of God is healing.
Our hearts lack room for all in need.
The promise of God is love.
As we move into Advent, strengthen us, O God, to be your peacemakers, justice-bearers, freedom –givers, healers, and lovers of all.
By Anne Carey, in “Alive Now,” Nov./Dec., ‘98