The tragedy this week at the Boston Marathon reminds me of the need for faith communities across our nation to be places where people find hope in a culture of fear.
There is something very Christ-like in our being a hopeful people. Hope has to do with believing beyond today, that what is happening will eventually make sense, or if it never does, it still can produce growth in us. Hope assures us each morning that our lives have value no matter how unsettling or disturbing our current situation might be. Hope encourages us not to give up. Hope gives us the capacity to trust in the unknown, to rest in the goodness of God even when we struggle to see it.
Friends down in Klamath Falls are seeking to cultivate a spirit of hope in the community where we live and worship. There are so many people who need to find a ray of hope in the challenges of their lives. I witnessed hope as a group of young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities gathered in the basement of our meetinghouse last Friday morning with the purpose of creating community and finding ways to promote self-advocacy, and address and eliminate barriers to being safe and successful in our community. This is a very vulnerable population in Klamath Falls, of which my daughter, Sophia, is a part. How wonderful it will be to create a hopeful space for this group of folks on a monthly basis.
As Anne Lamott says, “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.”
Contributed by Faith Marsalli, Klamath Falls Friends