Holding Hope

I wrote this on my Facebook Page on Doctor Martin Luther King’s Jr. Birthday.  I wanted to share it here as well:

One thought before I sign off for a while to focus. I posted some quotes today on the blog, the favorite is the last one:

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

That is of course from Dr. Martin Luther King. I see a lot of people not standing up for things because of lost hope. Facebook is a hard place to do this, because the best way to speak to anyone is from where they are at, and our Facebook friends are coming from many different places in their lives. And then I have seen many people respond to others by writing: “How can you think about that when there is THIS?” Which really isn’t fair, we are all called to champion for different causes. (Some people’s cause is raising their children or taking care of an aging parent, and that is enough. They are huge tasks.) We can’t each champion for everything, and if we try, we have debilitating anxiety or grow despondent.

But there is also lost hope. Many people see so many things wrong in the world that they get bogged down by all of it and lose hope. We must not lose hope. Racism should be over by now. It’s not. Let’s not give up. Powered by Hope we can each do our part. Humanity works together as a whole. You alone don’t have to do everything. Please remember to look at the good in the world too, to do your part, and not to lose hope. We can make a difference, and we have. Let’s keep going.

May God bless your day.

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