The hope the Bible talks about is far more serious. For example, the apostle Paul insists on the universality of hope in everything we do. It could not be more obvious for him: After the resurrection of Jesus, we actually live by hope—we live by it—so that every fiber of our being is bound up with it. This passionate acknowledgment gets at the truth that only one person can fulfill our hope for healing and salvation—and that is Jesus Christ. This is hope on a grand scale, and its promises are likewise proportionately large.
—Doris Donnelly, in Hope: It’s More Than Wishful Thinking, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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And hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
—Romans 5:5 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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