Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
“Pandora’s box!” speaks to the doom and despair which many feel today. (A recent Dial Hope meditation by Joe Albright spoke to me.) Pandora, the Greek Goddess, was sent to earth with a little box which she was forbidden to open.
Curiosity finally took its toll! She removed the lid to the forbidden box and all kinds of evil escaped into the world. She tried to slam close the lid…but it was too late.
But one ingredient was left at the bottom of the box: HOPE!
The myth tries to explain why evil is in the world. The myth also is intended to proclaim that, even when all seems lost, THERE STILL IS HOPE!
In today’s fatalism due to financial crises, coronavirus reality, political hatred, individual greed, caustic incivility….where is there any hope?!
In this month of April, we are INVITED to look to a God of HOPE!
The Jewish celebration of PASSOVER (April 4-16) is a reminder and celebration of deliverance from slavery to freedom = HOPE.
The Christian celebration of EASTER (April 12) is a reminder and celebration of deliverance to God’s Kingdom, here and forever = HOPE.
The Muslim celebration of RAMADAN (April 23 – May 23) is a celebration of deliverance to a new commitment to God beyond human pride. = HOPE
Each tradition reminds us that we have a God who is not limited by our limited and prideful sense of what is possible. Each of us, if only we will, can rely on a God of HOPE!