Meditation Monday – Looking For Hope

by Christine Sine


by Christine Sine. 

Tom and I are currently in Australia. In the last week we have walked around Sydney and Melbourne visiting some of the haunts I frequented 40+ years ago. Most of them have changed dramatically since then. High rise buildings now loom over the streets creating shadowy concrete corridors that have replaced once tree lined boulevards. Green spaces have shrunk, people have been displaced. Many of my favourite areas are still great places for commerce but no longer for creation. Even the magnificent Sydney botanical gardens abutting the beautiful harbour are dwarfed by the monstrous buildings.

It is easy to feel depressed as I wander these and other major cities of our world. Homelessness is more evident, pollution more pronounced. Despair is all around me.

Hope is more elusive I find. In the garden I see it at every turn – refuse into black gold in the compost heap, seeds sprouting up through brown earth, a riot of flowers, bees, insects, beauty. They all shout out the hope of God. In the city one must intentionally seek for it. It doesn’t always shout, it only whispers. Yet hidden in alleyways and crumbling facades there are signs that encourage me to believe that Jesus is not only present but actively at work in the cities of our world.

In Melbourne we met with young people from Surrender who dedicate their lives to the radical call of Jesus and follow him to the least, the last and the lost. We also visited the Feast of Merit Café, a local social enterprise whose profits support YGAP’s vision to end global poverty. In Sydney we caught a glimpse of one of the 19 community gardens around the city, and heard about Youth Food Movement online which sponsors workshops that encourage young people to see food waste in create new ways. We talked to Laura O’Reilly CEO of Fighting Chance Australia  who works with young adults with disabilities to give them hope and a future.

These are not just glimpses of hope in our cities, these young people reveal the face of Jesus to us.

What are the images of hope in your city? Who are the people that reveal the face of Jesus to you? How can you both encourage and join the work that they are doing to give birth to new expressions of Jesus in our cities today?


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Brigid Main December 12, 2016 - 3:40 am

Thank you for your prayers. They are so powerful. Christmas blessings

Christine Sine December 15, 2016 - 3:40 pm

Your welcome

Michael Moore December 15, 2016 - 9:34 am

Oh Christine, how difficult to see the transformation and yet what an incredible gift to see the hope in the midst of it all! Each time we make a trip back to my parents (in the town where I grew up) I see changes that are more about decay than they are hope. Thank you for helping me to reframe and see the hope!

Christine Sine December 15, 2016 - 3:38 pm

I am glad this has helped you Michael. It is sad that looking for hope is so hard for us, but especially at this season we need to do all we can to find it. It reminds me that the greatest hope of all at this season is in the birth of Jesus and that too was only revealed to those who intentionally went looking for it. Blessings on you – keep looking for those glimpses of hope.

Michael Moore December 15, 2016 - 9:39 pm

Thank you for your encouragement ❤️❤️

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