Suzy and I got our first vaccine shot last Wednesday. People ask, “How do you feel?” and I don’t think they are asking about side effects or soreness in the arm. I tell them that I feel like there is a glimmer of hope in the future. That maybe, just maybe, this awful tragedy will be behind us soon. People will get back to work, kids will go to school, and on occasion Suzy and I can enjoy a nice meal at a restaurant. Most of all, people will stop losing their lives and being afraid.
When you are incarcerated the day comes when the warden tells you that in the next few days you are going to be released. You know that you will still have to go to a halfway house, be on supervised release for years, will have to find a place to live and work, but there is that glimmer of hope that you can put your life back together.
When you are an athlete sitting on the bench and at the end of the game the coach sends you in, there is a glimmer of hope. You can dream of performing well enough that the coach gives you a few more minutes instead of gathering splinters. I bet each of you can come up with a perfect analogy for a “glimmer of hope.”
God gives us something more than a glimmer. He provides a ray so bright it shames the sun. When it is darkest, when you believe no light can pierce your view, turn on God’s ray. It is always plugged in, ready to fill your life with light and hope.