This little saying from a post some time back on the Jack’s Winning Words blog seemed appropriate for the current situation in Houston and perhaps in the nation right now – “Hope means to keep living amid desperation and to keep humming in the darkness.” (Henri J. M. Nouwen)
Why is humming in the darkness during times of peril or despair important? Not only is it an affirmation of your hope, but it is also a reaffirmation of your faith. Hope based upon your faith says that you believe that God is with you and that He will not let this situation overcome you. You may not see how He will make things better right now and you probably don’t understand why this happened to you; but, if you have faith, you know that God will help you get through whatever it is that you are facing.
You hear people saying over and over, on the news shows that cover such disasters, “we lost everything, all of our possessions; but we are still alive and we still have each other and we will go on.” Those are statements by people who have all of life’s concerns and distractions with possessions stripped away and who are forced through the circumstances to confront what is really important in life – life itself and the relationships that we have in life. Somewhere in the backs of their minds they are humming through this darkness, perhaps focusing through prayer upon the tiny lights of faith and hope that flicker there.
At the national level, the turmoil that has been created by the current administration can seem at times like a darkness that has overtaken the land. What started as humming in many people’s minds as they sought some mental refuge from the daily stories of stupidity coming out of Washington has quickly turned into more of a chorus of resistance. The initial reaction of “this can’t be happening” has morphed into the resolve of “we won’t let this happen.” It is a testimonial to the strength of our democracy that the checks and balances that were built into the system have so far at least dulled attempts to destroy the values that our country was founded upon.
So, keep humming and praying my friends and keep your hopes alive through your faith…God will get us all through this time of darkness, whether in Houston or across America. The people in Houston will rebuild and go on with life and the people in America will correct the mistake in Washington, so that we all can go on with life. Keep humming…