Sunday, 6 December 2015

Hope

At the moment I am finding it hard to be hopeful.  There seems to be so much going on in the world that is hopeless.  So many dreadful things happening around us.  Christmas should be a time of hope, but, despite my best efforts I am not feeling hopeful about the future at all.

When thinking about writing about Hope, two things came to mind.  I don't know why, but the first was the character from the TV show Thirtysomething who was called Hope.  Anyone else remember that show?

If I had had a daughter perhaps I would have called her Hope.  It seems to me that it is a very optimistic name.  There is also of course the trinity of Faith, Hope and Charity.

The second thing was the phrase "abandon hope all ye who enter here".  This comes from the epic work by Dante, his Inferno, and is described as what is written over the entrance gates to hell.

Hope is optimism.  The idea that good will triumph over adversity.  The desire that good things will come.  Without hope what do we have.  Do we just accept that this is the way that it is, or do we want and look for and believe that there are better things to come.  We hope for good.

We don't say, I hope that I will earn lots, have lots.  Instead we hope for good things to come to someone, have a good holiday, that test results will have a positive outcome, that there will be a return to health, that better times are ahead.

Without hope life would be dismal.  Imagine being in a situation where you knew that no matter how much you wanted it, how much someone deserved it there would be no way to improve a situation.  No hope would be a very sad place to be.

Indeed, if we abandon hope then we might as well be in hell, for if we have no hope we have nothing.

Hope is the wish for blessings for others and for ourselves.  Hope is looking to the future to better things to come, to improvement to good things and to happiness in life.

The birth of Jesus Christ bought hope to the world, for salvation and for good things to come.

So although we might feel hopeless at many times, I don't think that we should abandon hope, because then surely evil has won.  At Christmas we should take comfort in the reminder that Jesus came to give us hope and that hope will triumph over bad in the end.  We hope for good things yet to come.

Amy

34 comments:

  1. So very true Amy. Lovely post. I wear a necklace all the time which is a circle with the word 'Hope' engraved. It's very appropriate for my family just now. Much love. X

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  2. …. even though I'm not a religious person, I think as you do : we need hope in our lives, all of us! To live in a better world …
    xxxxxx ale

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  3. Beautiful post Amy, Hope is all we have when there are so many terrible things happening in the world. I hope and pray for a world of peace for my Grand children.

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  4. Hope is something we must not abandon, but like you the world is certainly in turmoil. Take care Amy and HOPE for the best in all our futures.

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  5. A very thought provoking post Amy. The news can make things seem so black sometimes can't it. There will always be hope though, there are so many good people doing good things and setting good examples. CJ xx

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  6. We should not abandon hope but think about the positives in the world today. There are so many inspirational, resourceful, and caring youngsters growing up amongst us that I have great hopes for us and the future of our planet. When I watch the A & E programme on the TV I am very impressed by the young, hardworking doctors and nurses who are thoughtful, concerned, and compassionate towards all their patients and show kindness towards the elderly and infirm.
    Terrible things have always gone on in our world from time immemorial, but the contrast with today being that now it is instant, in our faces, shown as it happens in our livingrooms.

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  7. Very thought provoking post Amy. I knew a person once who felt they had lost all hope & unfortunately the situation didn't end well, the fall out for the family was immense. On a different note while there will never be peace in mine or my children's life time it is still important to have hope & the hope that the world situation can be eased somewhat. I'm a big believer in 'you can't help everyone but you can help someone'. This helped me come to terms a long time ago to what I can actually achieve help/charity wise. Take care xx

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  8. Hope is very important. We need to hold onto it dearly. My daughter who travelled to Jenya this year having at the age of 15 seem first world problems came home saying we can't save everyone or the world but we can save people one by one. Sending my love and hope to you x

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  9. No matter how bad things are, I do believe we need to keep our hope going. There is always hope - it might be hard to see but it is there. :o)

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  10. I am not religious although I enjoy the festival of Christmas (it was Saturnalia before the Christians took it over, or so I understand) with the cards and tree and special family dinner, but it's sad that anyone who is religious feels there is little to be hopeful about. I am hopeful that good will prevail over evil - this is nothing to do with religion but ethics, a moral code which the majority would uphold - and therefore I tend to have a positive attitude without, at the same time, burying my head in the sand so to speak.
    Margaret P

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  11. However bleak things may seem, we must never abandon hope, that's just like giving up and we mustn't do that. A thought provoking post.

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  12. You captured the meaning of Hope perfectly. There are dismal times in our lives and of course in the world as a whole, this seems like one of those times with terrorism creating fear all over. Hope is exactly what we need right now to win over all of that evil.
    Hugs to you Amy,
    Meredith

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  13. Deep thoughts! I think many in this world are sensing that the future could be very bleak indeed. It does not have to be. We have decisions to make and we can have a firm anchor in that One Who came to change our future. Our hope rests in Him. Loved your post. You perfectly captured the mood of the day and the answer for our dilemma.

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  14. It is hope that keeps us going in these awful times, so much hatred. I long for peace, I don't understand the anger.

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  15. What a thoughtful post. Yes, the news is very grim at the moment but there is always hope to keep us going. I loved the programme 'Thirty Something'; I seem to remember that it had a very catchy theme tune too. Wishing you a peaceful week. xx

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  16. Yes, the birth of Jesus brings hope to all who hear Him. Hope is a lovely name for a girl, I agree.

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  17. whenever events are tragic and unfortunately the media loves to report that. The media rarely says, "so and so just gave $1000 to charity and it feed three hundred people and bought them coats". There are endless stories of people showing us hopefulness and kindness and being good to each other. We have to ferret them out.

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  18. Beautiful words and so eloquently written...
    Hope. Always. : )

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  19. I was thinking as I read your post about how often I use the word hope on a daily basis 'I hope you are well' 'I hope you have a good time' 'I hope things are OK' and etc. It is a strong and meaningful word and with so many awful things happening in the world around us at the moment all we can do is hope for peaceful and positive times in the future:)

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  20. Amy what a beautiful and thoughtful post. I'm hearing the same thing from so many others who wonder where we will end up in all this. Your message of hope in Jesus Christ is the very core message of Christmas. Thank you so much for posting this. I hope it will be read by many who need the be encouraged. Thank you, and God Bless your tender heart.

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  21. I remember Hope Stedman from ThirtySomething. That was one of my favorite shows. It was set in my hometown. She wasn't my favorite character, but it was a show I never missed.

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  22. I couldn't agree more Amy! Hope is kind of like Faith. It's believing in something that you can't see but you believe it's there. It is the optimism & bright light in this world we need to keep burning. I sometimes feel all this adversity in the world is a big test - and we will all pass it if we keep hope & faith & do NOT let evil win! Xoxo

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  23. Every one to a certain extent has dips in their feeling of 'Hope' but it seems to be a deep withheld strength that returns. Keeping hope strong helps others, there is a quote, not sure where or who it is from - 'as long as one has hope, there is nothing one cannot achieve; everything is born from hope'.

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  24. Well, I think that Hope is the only thing that lasts with person till the very end. It's the only thing that leave as last or maybe not even leave. My friend from http://www.essay-writer.club/ is Hope and she's the most positive person I ever saw. And it makes me think that Hope brings us optimism, inspires to do something better and maybe this way changes world.

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  25. A lovely post and hope is wonderful but I think it is important these days to also keep perspective. There have always been bad things but the overload we get from today's media and instant reporting gives such a huge negative bias that it is difficult to remember all the good in the world too. We have to hang on to that thought... Which I guess is hope too.

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  26. Kinda ties into my post yesterday. Despite what happens, we must have faith, knowing things always get better and there is always good despite all the bad news, and with hope in our heart, we keep moving forward, doing our best each and every day.

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  27. A thought-provoking post. Thanks!

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  28. Thanks for sharing! Hope is what keeps us going isn't it! I have a wee chalkboard in the entry and the word "HOPE" was written on it for quite a few months....now it has "Joy to the World" written on it...the reason for Hope!

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  29. Keep hoping because you never know. x

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  30. I think that along with hope, you must just trust. With any faith, you must trust that you are safe in God's hands ... always .
    Wendy

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  31. One of my favourite quotes is - when your head says stop but then hope whispers, one more try! I agree we have to keep hoping Amy xx

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  32. One of my favourite quotes is - when your head says stop but then hope whispers, one more try! I agree we have to keep hoping Amy xx

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  33. Sorry Amy, I seem to be having internet problems again. That Captcha thingy annoys me too. A great festive post that captures the best things about the season, music and feel good films. Ha! The Woodpecker made me laugh. Sorry I ran out of time to join in this week xx

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