The Gift of Hope

It is easy to look at all the mess that this world has become, and feel utterly overwhelmed and dismayed. And yet, for every heart that is broken, He holds out Hope.

“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23:18

For some, our hope is an overarching and all-encompassing sense of peace and destiny. But for many, what they most need is not some abstract concept of future happiness, but bite-sized tangible glimpses of hope for each new day.

To know that their kid is safe for the night. That they will be able to find work for the day. That they will have a roof for their family for the night. That next month’s rent can be paid. That no one in the family falls sick this week. They are not thinking about eternity, or next year, or even next week.

They are literally living from day to day.

And we, who have so much to be thankful for, struggle to understand the world from their perspective, to grasp how uncertain and precarious life can be, not realising that our lives are actually no less transient. Many of us live in bubbles of privilege and don’t know it – but all bubbles will burst one day.

You and I, we can hold out bite-sized chunks of hope each day, to make a small difference in whatever ways we can to those around us. Sometimes we assume that those around us are ok, but we never really know.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” – Ian MacLaren

I have also selected a few organisations who are doing a stellar job in reaching out to the marginalised in Singapore and the region. They inspire me to do more – much more. Please click on the drop-down menu on the page tab above to read their stories. And if this is something that weighs upon your heart, find out how you can be involved.

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded;
and from the one who has been entrusted with much,
much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48

You may question why all the organisations on my list are run by Christians. My reason is this: The more I hear the stories of the oppressed and begin to understand the extent of their pain, the more I am convinced that there is no other power on earth that can restore the brokenness of their hearts, souls and lives, but the love of Christ. Providing them with food, money, resources, education, emotional support – these are what many organisations seek to provide, religious or otherwise. And that is a huge deal. THANK GOD for each one of them.

When all you can see is a freshly cut wound, there is the need to wash it clean and stick on a band-aid. Of course. But who is going to catch them the next time they fall? We are none of us Superheroes. Indeed, there is only one Saviour.

Be informed. Pray. Give. Stand up for what is right.

Let us bring all our little drops together to form a mighty ocean – and remember that every drop counts.

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