Hope in the Unseen

. . . But hope that is seen is no hope at all.  Who hopes for what he already has?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Strengthen us O Lord that we might maintain hope for our future.  Hope for a future where there is peace at home and abroad; where moderation is valued more than excess; and hope outweighs fear.  Hope for a future where pursuing justice includes working to dismantle the inequalities that lead to anger and despair.  Hope for a future where all individuals have a real opportunity to develop and use the talents you have given. Hope for a future where all are fed, the sick are cared for, and contributing to the prosperity of the community is as valued by individual citizens as is the pursuit of personal wealth.  Help us each to see that, in the words of Jonathan Mitchel, it is “the work of every one, according to the compass of his capacity and opportunity, to seek the welfare of the place and people, where & among whom he lives”, and that “Love thy Neighbour, much more a whole Community, a multitude of thy Neighbours, is the Lord’s charge to everyone.” (from the sermon “Nehemiah on the Wall”, 1667).  Strengthen our faith to pursue even incremental change, knowing that over the course of a lifetime such changes can change the course of a nation. Give us the courage to move forward, and the will to persevere.  Strengthen us O Lord.


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