Pessimism is not a place for believers in God to be. Even for those of us who struggle with despair, the notion that God loves and can empower us is a regenerating one.
The message of the Bible, the Talmud and the Koran is that on this planet sometimes we seem to have power, and sometimes we don’t. In both states, God is sovereign. We might not have all that much to be optimistic about, but we can have hope.
We are living on a fallen planet, surrounded by chaos and beauty and sin and suffering and righteousness.
But hope is powerful in this world at this time of renewal and rebirth. After a bitter winter, the arrival of spring unlocks some joy.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said that if spring came but once a century instead of once a year “there would be wonder and excitement in all hearts to behold this miraculous change’’.
So let’s be cheerful, live in hope, be productive and useful. Once we choose hope, anything’s possible.