Where We Have Hope: A Sabbath Meditation

The tale of Noah tells other truths as well.

It tells about the ark, for one, which somehow managed to ride out the storm…. The ark was enough, is enough. Because the ark is wherever human beings come together as human beings in such a way that the differences between them stop being barriers….

The ark is wherever people come together because this is a stormy world where nothing stays put for long among the crazy waves and where at the end of every voyage there is a burial at sea. The ark is where, just because it is such a world, we really need each other and know very well that we do. The ark is wherever human beings come together because in their heart of hearts all of them–white and black, Russian and American, hippie and square–dream the same dream which is a dream of peace–peace between the nations, between the races, between the brothers–and thus ultimately a dream of love. Love, not as an excuse for the mushy and innocuous, but love as a summons to battle against all of that is unlovely and unloving in the world. The ark, in other words, is where we have each other and where we have hope.

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– Frederick Buechner, The Hungering Dark, 1969, pp. 41, 42.

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