Maybe we can extract a lesson, or a little encouragement. At the very least, we can remind ourselves — at a time when our own politicians are competing to be the most ardent champion of “American exceptionalism” — that we are not God’s only gift to civilization. – Bill Keller, NY Times, October 16
How many people turn on their televisions to the news of the day, only to see a perky, made-up, hi-lighted woman tell some horrific story in a conspiratorial voice that makes us cringe? Or we open our email to headlines of tensions between countries and governments, and then move into the day fully aware of the plights of friends of ours who are struggling with job loss and economic insecurity or the illness of a son or daughter that is taking them on a path never imagined. The amazing thing is that in the midst of this, there are “capsules of hope”.
An op-ed in the NY Times called “Good News! No, Really!” brought attention to places world-wide that can offer us hope. It was a refreshing read in the midst of dire headlines. He likened these to “capsules of hope” and brought them to the attention of readers because “the dominant news is so disheartening you can’t bear to proceed beyond the front page“.
A few of the places that the author mentions are Liberia, where free and fair elections are present and respected after 25 years of corruption and horror, and Somalia, where people packed a soccer stadium to denounce the Shabaab who have been the face of terror in Somalia for years.
I have linked the article below so you can take a look, but for me it was a good reminder that capsules of hope are all around. That an invisible God is visibly working, at the governmental and personal level, in a world that is desperate for hope.
So today – what are your capsules of hope? Would love to hear about them in the comment section.