A Daring Hope
Pictured above: Our West Kensington neighborhood from the east
NBC 10, Philadelphia's major news outlet, recently reported that there were 13 people were shot or stabbed and 5 were killed within 15 hours on Tuesday the 13 of September. Read the NBC 10 article here. Two of these violent crimes happened in our West Kensington neighborhood. Some of church member's friends and family were directly impacted by the events of that day.
It's easy to feel like the work that Urban Hope is doing--along with many other Christian organizations in the city--is just a drop in a Philadelphia sized bucket. And I guess that exactly how satan and his advocates wants us to feel.
17 Peace has been stripped away,
and I have forgotten what prosperity is.
18 I cry out, “My splendor is gone!
Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost!”
19 The thought of my suffering and homelessness
is bitter beyond words.
20 I will never forget this awful time,
as I grieve over my loss.
21 Yet I still dare to hope
when I remember this:
22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!”
25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
to those who search for him.
26 So it is good to wait quietly
for salvation from the Lord
Well that changes everything.
In a violently hopeless city it makes no sense to have hope. But with a faithful and merciful God we have the ability to stare our enemies in the face and dare them to try and steal the inheritance and hope that we have in hidden Him. All we have to do--and this is the hardest part for us as humans--is trust and wait on the Lord because He is the hope of West Kensington.
We "still dare to hope" that God is faithful and will save the people of Philadelphia from "this awful time."