7/19 the 7th Sunday after Pentecost: Waters of Hope

Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8

Let us pray –  Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

As we confess our weakness and blindness at the font of the waters of LIFE we are reminded that –  By it – in it – with it – we are able to accomplish all things needful for God’s kingdom on earth.  The eternal waters of Life and HOPE are free for all.  St. Paul reminds us that hope is found in patience and faith:  Faith that what we yearn for – yet cannot see – will come to fruition in God’s time.   When the Hebrews were escaping the weeds of bondage all they saw were the captor’s chariots behind them – and ahead Moses and the weeds of Red Reed Sea and the turbulent waves of deliverance beyond – they quickly panicked.  In their fear and blindness and weakness some said: We’ll never make it, Let’s drown ourselves!  As the fear and blindness – and weakness – spread, others said We’ll never make it – Let’s go back to Egypt’s comfort breaking bondage!  Fear and blindness – and weakness – continued to spread and others said We’ve had enough – Let’s fight back!  And as the fear, blindness and weakness overwhelmed them in the rising waters pressing through the reeds – others said All is lost- Let’s cry out to God to save us!   Then God spoke to Moses and said Go Forward – And Keep Going!  And the waters of deliverance parted – as the Grace ALL SUFFICIENT made a WAY.  In this life, the love of Christ urges us on – forward ever – backward never.

God of love and mercy, assist us in these times of trouble and anxiety. Ease our burdens. Strengthen our faith. Increase our trust and confidence in Your compassionate care. Give us the courage we need, dear Lord, to face the difficulties before us, knowing that with Your help, miracles happen and lives are restored. We pray for a share in Your healing graces, and ask that You surround us with your comforting goodness, for health in mind and body, and for hearts filled with hope and peace. Amen.