Barry Parish Church

21st March 2023

Tearfund Lent Devotional Day 28


The physicality of hope





‘Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”’ (Mark 5:36, NIV)


Hope isn't just a concept. You can see it. You can touch it. It is happening right now within your body.


Every day, more than a kilogram of cells in your body will die and be replaced by brand new ones. Every second, 100 billion neurons in your brain are firing off dozens of messages, each saying 'Live. Begin. Move. Continue. Grow.'


Right now, across the northern hemisphere, plants and animals are noticing that the days are growing longer. Roots are detecting the building warmth within the soil. Subtle changes in air, earth and light are inspiring the web of life to plan its resurgence.


Sap is rising. Seeds are germinating. Stems are pushing through the dirt towards a dream of sky. Birds who have spent the winter away are preparing for their journey home. Others are beginning to try out their spring songs.


You don't need to conjure up hope. It's in your DNA. It's humming within the forces that sustain the universe. It's everywhere.


Lord, we declare your truths: The darker days will end. There is nothing uncertain about that. There is decay, and there is new life. Skies turn black, stones are rolled away. All fades, all begins again. Amen.


Gideon Heugh

Gideon writes for Tearfund and is a poet and environmentalist

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