“How can terrible events happening around the world be seen from a spiritual perspective?”
Not an easy question.
But for me, the word ‘hope’ comes to mind as I remember
… a young girl who wrote “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart …. if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, and that this cruelty will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again” in her journal.
In spite of everything, in the midst of World War 11, hiding in an attic, Anne Frank had hope.
… words written on the wall of a prison camp: “I believe in the sun, even when it’s not shining. I believe in the stars, even when I see them not. I believe in God, even when God is silent.”
In spite of everything happening in Dachau’s concentration camp during WW11, someone had hope.
… six crudely printed words “Life is a gift from God” on a wall in a very small room in a refugee centre where four young women taught songs to pre-school malnourished, sickly and orphaned children. No room to sit in the noisy, hot, humid, dusty and impossibly crowded room, yet the children sang and moved spontaneously with joy!
In spite of everything happening in Sri Lanka, a country torn apart by civil war, someone had hope.
In spite of everything.
In the midst of
… a terrifying yesterday
… a bleak, and often hungry, today
… a potentially fearful tomorrow
In each of these situations, there was hope!
Anne Frank’s words – words of hope.
The Dachau prisoner’s words – words of hope.
The Sri Lankan’s words – words of hope.
Though our future may seem bleak, frightening to some,
we must allow the hope of those in seemingly hopeless situations in the past,
to speak hope to our present situation.
Let us hold onto the words of a young girl and may there be hope
“in spite of everything.”
Photo & Text © june maffin