“And whenever I see people engaged in that work of love,
I sense the divine presence brushing us with a touch so gentle you can miss it,
and yet know beyond all possibility of doubt
that this is what we are called on to live for,
to ease the pain of those who suffer
and become an agent of hope in the world.”
“Hope is not costless in the way that optimism is.”
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
It is easy to forget who we are and what we do! I was reminded this last week in two ways, by the book The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and the public attention to the heroes of our time. The Time announcement and the CNN Heroes helped us see the reality of Hope. We were all reminded of the reality of vocation.
These headlines were not about fear, equality or even the stock exchange. It was about dedication and the reality of disease that got the attention of the world. It was about the definition of “heroes” as those who create those safe spaces in a world of threats and pain. It was about being healing agents by bringing Hope to a suffering world.
The message for me was the importance of the integration of our theology with the reality of our world and the meaning it brings. We have seen the deeds before and we were reminded again of the reality of God’s work in the world.
Sacks, Jonathan (2012-09-11). The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning (p. 206, p 242). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
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