Thoughts about “Hope…”
The Bible says, “In [God’s] great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). Our hope is living and active because of and through Jesus Christ!
Gospel of John reminds us, “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”
“Today, we are celebrating hope and our faith in renewal. Hope in the number of people now vaccinated, now safer from this virus…hope for a brighter tomorrow for us all.”
And these thoughts…
Even in the darkest hour of the darkest night, you can envision light. Even when the stars are hidden by the thickest storm clouds, you know all those stars are still shining.
In the coldest depth of winter, the warmth of the summer sun lives in your heart. In times of great difficulty you can act on hope, and with that action exert positive influence.
Your circumstances may tempt you to be less than you are and punish you for being your best. Nevertheless, your unique beauty and the hope you carry both have the power to endure.
You are in this moment, living this situation. And yet you are also greater than whatever troubles and other realities surround you.
Hope is its most powerful when it has no basis to exist. In precisely the same way, you will find your greatest strengths in the midst of your most difficult challenges.
Make full use of your amazing ability to reason, but take care not to live by reason alone. There’s hope in you that makes no sense, and that hope can carry you through.