I hear a lot of people talking about the scarcity of hope in our world today. I get it. We’re all watching the upcoming election with a sense of horrified fatalism. We’re all worried about our schools and communities. We’re all wondering if we’re leaving our kids a better country than our parents left us. There are days when our hopelessness seems well founded.
But I’m not worried about hope. I know it’s real and I know where the find it – in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We carry a message that is the rawest announcement of hope the world has ever known. And that gospel shapes our lives so that we live as beacons of hope. There should be no more hopeful place on earth than the local church.
And this past weekend, I was reminded that the hope we celebrate in the church lifts the communities around the church. If you’re wondering where hope comes from in this world, consider the following stats about this past weekend’s ServeDC experience:
- 120 people participated.
- Those 120 people did over a combined 684 hours of work in our community.
- We worked with 10 different partners.
- Trunk or Treat provided a safe Trick or Treating option for over 150 kids.
- Our work at Gunston improved the school for 839 students & 120 staff members.
- CASA Family Dinner Night team served families dinner & had fellowship alongside 100 CASA family members.
- At CHPC Parenting Class Dinner we served dinner & spent time with 40 family members.
I don’t worry about hope. I know where to find it.
My prayer is that God would deepen our passion to love and serve our city. I pray we will continue to be a beacon of hope as we live out Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.“