“While optimism makes us live as if someday soon things will get better for us, hope frees us from the need to predict the future and allows us to live in the present, with the deep trust that God will never leave us alone.” (Henri Nouwen, in MMC Connects, Manitoba Multifaith Council, April 26, 2020)
Hebrews 11:1 puts it this way: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Today, some restrictions in Manitoba have been lifted and that is welcome news. It tells us we are moving forward as a province in addressing the COVID-19 virus. But our minds jump ahead and we naturally ask questions about all the things that were not explicitly communicated in the government’s announcement: What does this mean for post-secondary education? What does it mean for Booth UC? What does it mean for you and me, our families, and friends? Why is one thing permitted and not another? When will the next phase of change come? We find ourselves in a place of looking ahead while also needing to wait longer.
Hope, faith, trust, for today and what will come, because of God’s promise to never leave us alone.
God bless you this week.
Dr. Marjory Kerr