Comparisons pop up.
The pandemic — the risks — the vaccines — the look to the future, community health, personal health, and many others.
Cautious hope based on facts and science, are emerging like daffodils in spring and greening of trees.
On the COVID front, one article provides one timeline for the future.
Cautious hope — on my personal front.
Cause for a cautious hope after a six month visit/evaluation with my pulmonologist— lung capacity better than last year — an slightly animated YES while keeping faithful to the pulmonologists’s orders.
This hope rests on facts and the interpretation of data.
Multiple uses of a word manifests that the word is important. Hope is such a word in the Bible where, according to diverse sources, “hope” appears 131 times.
In English, hope is a somewhat abstract idea of expectation.
In Hebrew (tikvah), however, is more concrete, meaning expectation, cord or rope, coming from a root word that means to bind or to wait for or upon.
Expectation based upon what in the case of science.
Expectation based on Whom in our faith life.
Science’s hope emanates interpreted facts.
Faith-based hopes comes from the experience of a living God.
Hope flourished in two unlikely books of the Bible — Job and Lamentations.
Job had no scientific data to hold onto to for a hopeful future — yet his future became better than his past.
The word “lamentation” cries out from pain and death — much like our world and our country with over 500,000 deaths!
YET the following comes from the Book of Lamentations:
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3.20_26)
The writer, the community, I, and many others feel and embrace hope because of the great love we have seen and felt in our lives — the Great Whom — I am who I am!