‘Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.’
What a hopeful calling. When Jesus speaks, hope is near.
Hope is giving us confidence in the future, optimism about what the future will bring someone, the prospect of something better.
In these difficult times, when our world is out of joint, no stone left standing, it is human to give up hope and let our courage sink, because who knows what the future holds—especially for those who have been affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, who have lost much and had their wishes and dreams buried under the rubble?
Therefore, the question arises all the more: Who or what gives us hope and support? Who brings hope to the refugee camps, to those who have just escaped a war, destruction, persecution, and earthquake, who have to spend their days in a foreign land, because they cannot live in their own homeland? It is a matter of surviving and continuing to live every day. Hope - in such a hopeless situation!!