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A few days ago we blew the fuse of one of our ceiling lamps. Our family’s ardent photographer clicked a photograph of the lamps. As I was looking at the photograph of the dark lamp hanging with the glowing lamps, the dead lamp reminded me of a person without hope.
As humans, you and I cannot survive for long without hope. Rabbi Hugu Gryn was born in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s in a home filled with love and warmth until in 1944 he was taken among the 10,000 Jews to be confined in the Berehovo Ghetto. At that time Hugo who was a thirteen-year-old went with his father, mother, grandparent and his ten-year-old brother. Being advised to say he was nineteen-year-old and a carpenter he and his father were sent to work while his brother and grandfather were sent to the gas chambers. Hugo remembers his father’s sound advice as they lived on meagre provisions, “You and I have seen that it’s possible to live as long as three weeks without food. We once lived almost three days without water. But you cannot live properly for three minutes without hope”. On May 4, 1945, Hugo was freed and he lived to tell his story.
We cannot live without hope for three minutes
A student will lose his hope when he hears the words, “You are good for nothing and you will never make it in life”. A daughter will be crestfallen by the statement, “You are worthless. I wish you were never born in our family”. A worker when he loses his job and believes that he will never get one again. A family will be broken by the words of the doctor, “We have done our best. There is no hope”.
Why is hope important? Hope is a necessity because without hope we are dead. Just like the lifeless fused lamp. We need hope because if we lose hope, we lose the peace to live for today and the confidence to live for tomorrow.
When we lose hope, we lose the peace to live for today and the confidence to live for tomorrow.
What is the basis of our hope? King David in the Psalms said of God, “My hope is in You”. If the basis of our hope is on people, situations or circumstances, we can never be confident because these are temporary and may inevitably fail us. Instead, the basis of our hope should be in the belief of the Person – Jesus Christ. The Apostle, Peter calls Him the Living Hope
Pic Courtesy Jaden Johnson