The Line of Hope
This weekend’s date of Aug. 13 marks a dramatic moment that rapidly became a defining symbol of the Cold War: In 1961, the East German government closed the border separating East and West Berlin and erected a wall that divided the city. The wall was a line of oppression that starkly defined the differences between the restrictions of the Soviet Bloc and the freedoms of democracy.
The Berlin wall harshly divided the city for nearly three decades, but on Nov. 9, 1989, the wall came down. Berlin was no longer divided. The line of domination turned into a line of hope as it crumbled. The wall is gone, and the fragments that remain have been transformed into symbols of hope.
The story of the Berlin Wall reminds me of what the ancient prophet Job said amidst difficulties and trouble that seemed insurmountable. Despite wretched circumstances, Job spoke of his faith in God’s power, “He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness” (Job 26:10, NIV). They are words that recall the hope contained in the first story of the Bible when God created light from darkness and declared it good.
Our work each day brings us into challenging and often difficult circumstances. But we also have a line of hope. Our Mission states that we extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing and I think of these words we live by as the line of hope that looks to guard against illness, disease, suffering and disparities and create good health.
Thank you for all that you do to create a line of hope, protection and healing to encircle all those entrusted to our care and restore a sense of total well-being. Your compassionate service inspires hope not only in our patients but extends to encourage our whole community.