It’s Time For a Radical Hope
(Emily Jones)

“It’s time for a radical hope, a belief, a faith, even, that it doesn’t have to be this way.  Hope for something more. Hope that all will eat and be satisfied. For this good God is working mightily, laboring, birthing, working that we, a people yet unborn may truly know abundant life.”

In your own words, how would you define radical hope?

Psalm 22:23-31

You who fear the Lord, praise God!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify God;
stand in awe of God, all you offspring of Israel!
For God did not despise or abhor
the affliction of the afflicted;
God did not hide God’s face from me,
but heard when I cried to God.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who fear God.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek God shall praise the Lord.
May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before God.
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
and God rules over the nations.

To God, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
before God shall bow all who go down to the dust,
and I shall live for God.
Posterity will serve God;
future generations will be told about the Lord,
and proclaim God’s deliverance to a people yet unborn,
saying that God has done it.

This episode was written and recorded by Emily Jones, the Executive for Racial Justice at United Methodist Women. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include Button Mushrooms  and Cedar by Podington Bear and We Call This Home III by Alex Fitch.

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