Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
But then, the Lord poured down his mercy and Frederic began to move his arms. Slowly but surely, each day he became more and more awake until one day, he reached out to shake our hands and smiled. A few weeks later, he walked out of HBB without any assistance.
And this work, is spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ for which there is no greater HOPE:
“For God so Loved the World that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:16-21
Last week a healthy baby girl was born and the new dad could not be prouder. He explained to me that she was going to grow up and get a “good education in the United States.” I smiled and said that she better come back to Togo afterwards and help her country. The next day the little girl was going home. I used to ask for what the baby’s name was, but naming of children in Togo doesn’t happen until much later (weeks or even a month later after they are more sure the infant will survive) so I stopped asking. In the mean time they are given names that are based on the day of the week they were born. But when this dad saw me he stopped me and said, “We want you to give her a name.” I was taken back by the timing of the name being given, and by the honor they were bestowing upon me to give it to her. I thought about the last month at the hospital and all the joy this dad had for his daughter. I marveled at the way he was not waiting to name her, but instead planning her future.
I looked down her perfect face and said, “Her name will be Hope.”