Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. – Isa 40:30-31 NIV
Today marks the 130th anniversary of France delivering our beloved symbol of freedom… The Statue of Liberty.
For so many the Statue of Liberty is more than a tourist attraction. It was a symbol of freedom for a new future. It was also a symbolism of something they failed to have…and that was Hope. This “hope” was something that they would risk it all for just for the chance of something better for themselves and those yet to come.
There were those fleeing their original homelands in addition to those already here. Both could look to our Lady Liberty and know there was something far greater than themselves to live for. They knew that what America stood for, even with her faults, was hope for all.
But what happens when that hope is slowly chipped away at? What happens when the very idea of a country that brings hope is mocked and portrayed as anything but from those within? I think of all aforementioned that left all behind for the chance to come here for something better, a HOPE for something better. It gives pause to ponder what their thoughts would be on the current state of affairs. I catch a glimpse in my mind of a recently arriving passenger to Ellis Island shaking the heck out of a Generation X’er. Desperately trying to wake them up to the reality of what they have been handed to them that so many others sacrificed just to have a taste of. I think of the early settlers and how many, dying off one by one during some of the first winters, would feel given our country today and the great sense of tragedy they’d feel for us. How we have traded in HOPE for Cynicism and cheap thrills. How we trade common sense, empathy, and hope for this country and its people instead to pick up and run with slander, sensationalism and self-hatred…
Just what if our Lady Liberty were alive and how she would be made to stand in immortal silence as she was/is witness to it all. The pain, horrors, sadness, loss, etc. But there’s also something else she would be a witness to and that would be something she’d be very familiar with…Hope.
Unlike our Lady Liberty there’s the One that is always watching, always providing and always there. He’s there to bestow us with Hope. He isn’t silent but will come as near as we allow Him. Always willing and desiring for us to accept His invitation. Nothing to pay for He has already paid it all. No journeys to to Him for He is always right here. There’s no sacrifice to give except our pride, hatred, self-importance, hurt and sorrows. He trades all that we have for hope and rest in Him. Unlike our weeping Lady Liberty we can think of the smile she had upon her initial landing to this great country. A country and world filled with great people that can all share a common free gift of hope. May we always remember, keep watching, keep praying and keep Hoping in Him.
Be Forever Blessed,
All scripture references are from biblegateway.com