Sunday, April 21, 2019

Fwd: Await in hope

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From: César García <>
Date: Sun, Apr 21, 2019 at 12:39 AM
Subject: Await in hope
To: Gehman Mennonite Church <>

Main Entrance to the cemetery in the Bogotá city centre, Colombia. Photo by Caracol Radio
"And now, O Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you." Psalm 39:7 (NRSV).

Hope is essential if we want to overcome our difficulties. Without hope it is impossible to face terminal illness, the loss of a job, the wounds of an unhealthy relationship, the death of a loved one. Hope allows us to expect a different tomorrow, a tomorrow where the difficult situation we find ourselves in becomes something positive and a blessing. 

It is perhaps for this reason that in Spanish the verbs to hope and to wait are the same word – esperar. We wait to be healed, to find a good job, to forgive and restore a relationship. And it is this hope that gives us the necessary strength to keep going. Even when it comes to death, many cemeteries in Latin America have this phrase written across the door: "We await the resurrection of the dead".

Because Christ died, we have hope that death is not the final word. Because Christ overcame death we await a new creation. Because Christ overcame death we have the power of the Holy Spirit to be able to live today in accordance with the future that we await.

In Christ,   


César García,  
MWC general secretary                             
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