Of course, it’s easy to feel hopeful when things are going our way; when the boss is happy and the children are behaving; when you feel God is smiling on you. Anyone can hope for continued sunshine on a day without clouds. But for Christians, hope empowers us to trust that we’ll survive the days that are dark. Hope is not only about planning for the future, although it is that. It is also about remembering the past and reminding ourselves that just as God has been with us before, so shall God remain, whether or not our “hopes” are met to our satisfaction.
—Amy Lyles Wilson, in Hope: It’s More Than Wishful Thinking, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help and my God.
—Psalm 42:11 (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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