April 2017 Video & Discussion: “Hope With Jesus” – Dr. Lina Abujamra
Have you ever hoped for something to happen, something that seemed so right, so good…and it didn’t? How do we hope again?
We pray with faith for the child with cancer. We cry out for justice, relief for the suffering. Sometimes those hopes are fulfilled in the way we desire, often they are not. And, so, what does it mean to continue to hope? What does hope in an imperfect world really look like? And, what is Jesus’ perspective on hope? Here, Dr. Lina Abujamra shares a real-life intersection of extreme difficulty faced in the pediatric ER, and the message of Jesus.
- How does your understanding or practice of “hope” intersect with your understanding of God, Jesus, or faith?
- Please share a time that you experienced a significant hope fulfilled, or disappointed. How did this affect you?
- Lina described Jesus covertly conversing with some disciples on the road to Emmaus. They “had hoped” Jesus would do some really important, necessary, things…like eradicate injustice, set them free. Does Jesus’ response to their loss of hope surprise you? Why or why not? (See Luke 24 for the whole story.)
- Lina described another story of Jesus meeting with a Samaritan woman; a woman that no doubt had many problems. And yet, as far as we can tell from their conversation, her response to Jesus had nothing to do with her “physical” problems. How do you explain her response of running to her village to tell them about Jesus? (See John 4 for the whole story.)
- Lina concludes her conversation with the Father of the sick child with the words, “There is always hope with Jesus.” What do you think about this?