At Thea’s funeral and since I’ve been asked repeatedly how we have hope, and even joy, amidst our pain and loss? In A Rocha’s work, we’re often asked by those who care about people and places how we have hope in the face of seeming indifference and suffering creation? The answer to both is the same.
True hope, with the quality to transform and change our experience in the here and now, is rooted in the character and action of God. The God revealed in Jesus is One to whom I can open my life (the gratitude and the pain), and in so do I experience hope, the presence of God’s Spirit.
The answer of how to find hope is relational, not abstract. Because God loves, saves and is in the business of transforming and reconciling all things, I have hope. Because the story of Jesus is one where suffering and pain is redeemed, and eclipsed by joy; I have hope that the suffering and pain we experience and creation experiences (Romans 8) will be made whole.