From Lasting Hope Devotional
Therefore all the faithful
will make their prayers to you
in time of trouble
when the great waters overflow,
they shall not reach them.
The arc of history is longer than human vision. It bends. We abolished slavery, we granted universal suffrage. We have done hard things before. And every time it took a terrible fight between people who could not imagine changing the rules, and those who said, "We already did. We have made the world news." -- Barbara Kingsolver, "How to Be Hopeful," commencement address
We are no strangers to troublesome times and circumstances. Bad things happen to good people every day, and we are at a loss to explain why these things happen and to reconcile them with our faith and who we believe God to be. We may question whether our thoughts and prayers are enough to wipe away the tears and mend the brokenness.
Our hope and faith in God, however, allow us to reframe these troubles and meet the challenges of today. Just as it is essential to be loved to action, we must continued to pray, knowing that God hears our cries, God knows our troubles, and God is at work. Our hope is grounded in God's promise to be faithful and never abandon or forsake us. As we pray together, our hope exposes our faith in Jesus, who sets out to save and change our world, and thereby change our troubles and change us.
God, our hope, your ears are always open to hear us in our time of need. When troubling waters overwhelm us, receive our fears and anxieties and renew our hope in your promise of faithfulness. Amen.