People who have hope can survive, even thrive, during
life's most difficult trials. This statement was never more evident
than when I began volunteering at a home for neglected and abused
children when I was 15.
We began one volunteer session with a prayer.
“Let’s begin today’s activities with a prayer,”
Mary, the home's director, told the volunteers and children.
“Can I read from my Bible?” Tommy asked.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”
As Tommy read from John 1:1, everyone heard another voice. From
across the room Bobby was reciting the passage -- he had it memorized.
The children at the children's home I volunteered with suffered
at the hands of those who should love them most, their parents,
yet they are deeply religious. During their difficult life, these
children have turned to God. God is the ultimate healer, the ultimate
source of hope. As the first reading states, despite their apparent
suffering, they experience internal peace because they look toward
God for hope. With the prospect of heaven ahead of them, they have
much to look forward to.