Monday, November 27, 2017
Written by: Lea Reinke | Business Administrator
My husband and I were listening to the Beatles channel on satellite radio the other night. He’s not the avid fan of the group and their individual works as I am, but he’s a good sport to indulge me on occasion. The song changed and another started with an acoustic guitar strumming two chords, next accompanied with a slide guitar and then the voice of George Harrison singing “My Sweet Lord”.
As he sings “…really want to see you, Lord, but it takes so long, my Lord…”, the words sound like a parallel message of hope to the letter Paul (not McCartney) wrote to the Romans. “…Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (8:24-25) Both messages, however, are from distinct perspectives.
Paul’s statement strikes me as an ideal of hope, to what we are to aspire, while Harrison’s lyrics convey a more humanized view of hope: hoping for what we don’t see versus really wanting to see it;
waiting with patience compared to commenting how long it takes.
Both are correct and both are applicable - depending on where we are in our journey on this earth - so long as we continue to have hope. “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who has promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)
Prayer: Lord, may my heart be ever hopeful in what is unseen and promised. Amen.