Faith. Faith is how we walk, and that through which we are saved.
Love. Love is the pressing on and the reason we press on. Love is the movement. Love is the sacrifice.
But hope? Well hope is born of the other two. See, without faith in a good God above it all- faith in His benevolence and intervention- there is no hope at all. Who else has the words of eternal life? who else is perfectly pure and omnipotent?
Without love we have a flawed God whom we cannot have faith in.
Without love there is no intimacy, no passion, no trust.
Love is what we all hope for most. The longing to be fully known and utterly cherished is bred into all of us.
But oh how we have fallen. How we have twisted and turned and broken all good things. We have turned sex into a bargain or a short term contract. We have turned money into the dependable- into a savior of sorts. We have prized our prizes over each other.
We have turned kindness into manipulation and humility into weakness.
Is there any hope at all? Is there hope for the rich sinner basking in his lusts? Is there hope for the addict who can only wish it's the last time but knows it isn't? Is there hope for the poor and powerless? For the widows and orphans?
My friends, our system has not worked. We have fought for high places, but some one must end up low. We have seeked pleasure over commitment. I too am guilty of this.
There is not a righteous man on earth who always does what is right and never sins. So where is hope? Is it in rulers & kings? In government and contract? Is it in good men? Is it in wealth that hungers and pierces? I would believe a resounding no.
But...there is hope. There is hope of a brighter day when Love will come and wipe all tears away.When Light will shine in even the darkest deepest places. When captives will be set free and the weary will have rest.
And even now Love is moving deeper still, making wrongs right and turning wounds into memories.
Love is in our words and compliments. Love is the story of an autistic child being caught from an air conditioner by a bus driver, and a seal nudging a desperate man to the shore, and red and blue buying shoes for a homeless man. Love is in the students donating thousands to save thousands.
Love is in the colors of the sunrise and the taste of sugar on our tongues.
Hope is here, and His name is Jesus.