Hope Changes Everything


"Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, 'If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.' So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said. And the king of Aram said, 'Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel.'" - 2 Kings 5:1-5a

“Hope changes everything.” This was World Vision’s slogan several years ago. World Vision works on behalf of the poor, sick, and hungry all over the world. They know the power of giving hope to the hopeless.

"Journey to Hope," is the Lenten series offered by the United Methodist Communications, where churches will be using lectionary readings to move people into relationships with other Christians, into a deeper relationship with their Lord, and into a relationship with those in this world who struggle to obtain basic resources to survive; clean water, food, medical supplies, shelter; and therefore need to know the hope of Jesus Christ.

Finally, the Apostle Paul also wrote about hope when he wrote to the Romans: "This hope is what saves us" (Romans 8:24a CEV). Do you have to be a non-profit agency, or the President, or a preacher to offer hope to the hurting? No!

In today’s scripture, it’s not a physician or a prophet who gives words of hope to the Syrian commander, Naaman, but a compassionate young girl from Israel. God employs the least likely person in the story to be the bringer of Good News. The message she brings, that "healing is possible," is enough to send Naaman with a request to his king. He wants to go into enemy territory to visit the prophet of Israel. He has hope and hope changes everything!

Let there be enough hope for today. Lord God. Help me hope for what I can’t yet see – healing for the sick, peace for the frightened, rest for the weary. Present opportunities to share this hope with those who need its power in their fragile lives. Let there be enough hope for us all. Amen.
Oct 17 2018