Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Hope and fear oppose each other constantly. We want to be courageous, but we often short-circuit bravery because of fears. Nurtured hope snow-plows fear out of the way. It is then we can stand up for what we believe and can do so unpretentiously. For example, hope will grow both strength and gentleness. They become choices rooted in hope, rather than default reactions. Spiritual courage (fear that has prayed) that blossoms out of Holy Spirit - instigated hope, will not be an aggression based on self-protection. It will remain gentle yet decisive as was the intentional response of Jesus when he confronted the Pharisees of his day. When fear strkes, cling to hope.