Hope for the Future by Shannon Daley-Harris
Thus says the Lord: Keep your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears; for there is a reward for your work, says the Lord: they shall come back from the land of the enemy; there is hope for your future, says the Lord: your children shall come back to their own country. - Jeremiah 31:16–17
The Reverend Shannon Daley-Harris quotes this passage from Scripture in the preface to her powerful new book Hope for the Future: Answering God’s Call to Justice for Our Children. She writes: “Even in the midst of the enormous problems our children face — poverty, gun violence, abuse, neglect, lack of health care, and more — I do believe there is hope for our future, that we can bring all children to an experience of safety, love, and justice. It will take more than weeping, God reminds us, it will take work — and to keep at that work we need to stay close to God.”
It's time for that work. Hope for the Future is a series of twelve meditations that include Scripture passages, moving true stories, and examples from other movements and faithful leaders to inspire all those working to create a better world for our children. It’s a book that could be used as a devotional or in group discussions by everyone from parents to pastors. Rev. Daley-Harris has long been speaking out on the call to care for children in every major faith tradition and calling on people to turn faith into action.
140 pp., 2016. Paperback.