No doubt many of my students will be down in the dumps tonight, saddened by the Bears’ loss in the big game. It’s a strange thing how people identify with teams and “live and die” with them.
I couldn’t help but think about the role that HOPE plays in our lives. Over the past few weeks, HOPE reigned in Chicago because of the possibility of a Superbowl championship. As a result, people in Chicago were happier, more positive, and had a spring in their step. I noticed folks on the train, even strangers, noticing one another’s Bears’ jerseys, caps, and sweatshirts, and engaging in spontaneous discussions. There was a sense of a common bond.
This morning, the train ride was like a wake. Below-zero temps didn’t help. Hope had dissolved. Which, of course, leads me to believe that it was not really hope, but rather, wishful thinking. Christian HOPE, of course, is not like that. We do not hope in a possibility but in complete confidence. Our hope cannot dissolve that easily. It is not wishful thinking. Too often, in life, we misplace our hope in that which, ultimately cannot sustain us. Christian hope, is a constant. Because of our hope, we can be joyful and we can recognize a common bond between all of God’s children (not just those who wear a certain jersey). Hope is our fuel…keeping us going, even in difficult situations, with the knowledge that God alone sustains us and that all suffering will ultimately be transformed.
Now, let’s see how the Bulls are doing….