Reflections: All is not lost, even in the worst of circumstances and the hardest of situations. The light of love cannot be extinguished. Christ is the Word of God incarnate, the light of the world. In Christ all is redeemed, not only in terms of eternal salvation, but in the renewal of creation and all situations and circumstances. This is not necessarily in big, miraculous ways, but in the renewing of our minds in hope and grace, and through our joining with God in the work of compassion and love, which in the face of disaster can be miraculous in itself.
God of hope and resurrection,
As Christ you know pain, death and loss.
In the face of devastation,
In the face of suffering,
In the face of grief and mourning,
In the face of pain and hurting,
We might name you present,
And pray our hearts out for change,
But hope is hard.
Peace takes work.
Joy seems a far reach,
And love appears to be all that remains.
Miracles do not often abound,
They are there,
Scattered like jewels in the ground,
But for many the only option is to live through the hardship,
Trusting in your way,
And looking to love and support from others.
All is not lost,
Compassion and care live in the human spirit,
Created there in your image,
Waiting to be awakened,
By the need of others.
All is not lost.
The light of love cannot be extinguished.
Grace is always at the ready.
The way is hard.
Tears flow like rivers.
Frustration and hurt fuels anger which threatens to corrupt any good.
Loss is everywhere.
But all is not lost,
For you hold our future,
And you are with us always.
God we trust in you,
Wake us up so that we can join with you
In your work to bring hope and healing,
Open up generosity in our souls,
That the rich might not be poor in spirit,
And that all might unite for the common good for all.
All is not lost,
But it takes us to help those who have lost all,
And so we pray with you.