Hope Makes Us Human

Science has proven that humans definitely evolved from apes. The human DNA is more than 96% identical to that of a chimpanzee. And yet something happened in the millions of years evolution was taking place during which the the ape became a man, the brute was chiseled out and the human emerged. The chimpanzee swinging from tree to tree came down and started walking upright. He still has his instincts but in addition he began to reason and piece things together.  He ceased living just for the day and started to hope looking forward to tomorrow. In his hoping, he envisioned a better place and better time and realized he had the power to make them happen. It may have been just a split second or it may have taken a long period of time. But there was a moment in time when the brute received his soul and became a man.

Hope and promise have powered and driven the accomplishments of men. Young men have seen visions and old men have dreamed their dream. Thus, a young man sees a vision of a people living and working together and the the great cities are born. An old man dreams of making things better and great inventions are discovered. A young woman promises her love to her beloved and the great love stories are written. An old woman promises her children she will always be there for them and the great civilizations are born.

People live in the hope of a better future and they promise to make this happen for one another. Man’s history has been replete with hopes that have been fulfilled and promises that have been kept. Therein lies the source and greatness of our humanity.

The LORD will complete what he has done for me; your kindness, O LORD, endures forever.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Now I am going to the one who sent me,
and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.
For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.
But if I go, I will send him to you.”
John 16:5-7

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