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Hope Requires Trust in Providence

The hummingbird, like the swallow, trusts in providence.

The hummingbird, like the swallow, trusts in providence.

Providence is the faith that nothing can prevent us from fulfilling the ultimate meaning of our existence. Providence does not mean a divine planning by which everything is predetermined, as is an efficient machine. Rather, Providence means that there is a creative and saving possibility implied in every situation, which cannot be destroyed by any event.

– Paul Tillich

God Is Always Doing Something New

Today’s First Reading is a wonderful passage from the 43rd chapter of the Prophet Isaiah. For me it brings to mind a promise from the Prophet Jeremiah. God has plans for us . . . something new that we can’t even begin to imagine.

Thus says the LORD:
Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not;
see, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers.
The people I formed for myself, that they might announce my praise.
Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob, for you grew weary of me, O Israel.
You burdened me with your sins, and wearied me with your crimes.
It is I, I, who wipe out, for my own sake, your offenses;
your sins I remember no more.

"I know the plans I have for you", says the Lord.