How Would You Respond?

Recently I had a conversation with a friend who asked: How does one keep hope in this deeply troubled time?”  A good question.

So much in the world is deeply troubling. From the increasing inequality between rich and poor, the destruction of the environment, the insanity of ISIS, the rise of human trafficking…

How would you respond to my friend?  


  1. There’s a quote by Mother Teresa that gives me hope when I feel overwhelmed by all the bad stuff: “Never worry about the numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you!”

  2. Let go of hope. Be and act in the present. Be attentive to the work you are doing. Be fully present to those you are interacting with whether giving or receiving. Understand the preciousness of all living beings. The kingdom of God lies in the present, no hope necessary.

  3. This has always been the suffering world. Because of the Internet we witness the suffering of our extended human community as we never have before. It is a heavy burden that we share in prayer. I

  4. The suffering in the world can seem overwhelming at times. Perhaps, though, all these things are opportunities for God to show His face. At 9/11 many people helped rescue, nurse or just stay by the side of those who were victims. i believe these people were the face of God. The same thing with the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Now with ISIS and Ebola the world is coalescing to stop the spread of both. God is bringing the world together!
    Recently, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Malala,the young girl who was shot because she wanted an education for herself and for all girls. Not only has her cause been advanced – perhaps beyond her wildest dreams – but now with the award money she can afford any school in the world! In my own life, I have had to look beyond the immediate hardship by remembering Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and on your own understanding rely not.”

  5. My experience of losing hope is usually tied to all the bad news stories that inundate us through our media. I try to make the choice to give my attention to the good that is evident in this world and to be actively grateful for all of that good.

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