1850) Any Sign of Hope?

From Standing on the Promises, by Lewis Smedes, 1998, page 176.

     Are there any signs that the world still contains a sound foundation for God to build on?  I think so.  Sometimes signs of goodness show up right in those places where the wounds seem beyond healing.

     On the night before Yom Kippur, in 1997, an eight-year old Israeli boy named Yuval Kavah was run over and killed by a car on a busy street in Tel Aviv.  On the same night and in the same hospital where they had brought Yuval, a little Palestinian girl named Rim Aljaroushiu was dying of a failing heart.  Yuval’s grieving parents offered their son’s still-beating heart to any child who needed it.  Rim was chosen.  After the surgery was done, the Israeli mother and the Palestinian mother embraced each other, sharing tears of joy and grief, as a Jewish boy’s heart beat inside a Palestinian girl’s breast.

     When a mother of Israel gives the heart of her son to a child of Israel’s enemy, I see a sign that this world has not broken down beyond repair, a sign that it can be salvaged and made to work right again.


Luke 6:35-36  —  (Jesus said), “Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Lamentations 3:18-26  —  I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”  I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.  I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.  Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:  Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”  The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.


Show me your ways, Lordteach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.

–Psalm 25:4-5