What Can We Give?

Extending our gift of hope

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of things we do not see” (Heb. 11:1).

Hope is a vision. When possibilities plummet; when human frailty frustrates, and when tension mounts, hope visits us. Hope offers us an image of what could be, or perhaps what should be. Through hope, our imagination extends beyond feeling overcome by difficult circumstances, harsh headlines or the degrading dichotomies of the “have’s and have-not’s.” 

The book of Hebrews digs deep into the heart of faith, giving us a vision of something beyond us, something worth striving for. This kind of hope inspires boldness. It resists stagnation and spurs us on to believe that restoration and wholeness are possible, and that we can be agents of change. As people of faith, we have been called to work toward a renewed creation, and opportunities are available for each of us to respond to injustice, inequity and poverty.

As we celebrate Christmas this year, perhaps the best gift we can offer each other is the gift of hope. Perhaps you are looking to inspire hope in others by working to end poverty, restore creation and reconcile relationships. Consider those around you. Who do you know that could use some kind words of hope? Are there programs in your neighbourhood that offer hope to those who suffer? Could you send hope to communities around the world by giving through World Renew (see ad on this page)? The gift of hope is infectious! 

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matt. 17:20).

Author

  • Eva lives in Guelph, Ont., and has been inspired by this book to invest time in local programs that support healthy neighbourhoods.

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