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Part 52, July 13, 2016

Hope.

When I think of hope, the first scripture that comes to my mind is 1 Corinthians 13:13:

“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (NRSV)

It’s not the focus of the chapter, or even of the verse, but the fact that it’s there at all makes it seem important. Faith, hope, and love abide. Abide. Live with us. Stick around. Stay with us always. Hope chases us down along with its buddies, faith and love. Even when we’re feeling hopeless, it waits beside us, looking for a chink to wiggle through to remind us that this, too, shall pass–but faith, hope, and love abide!

Hope is a looking forward and a waiting with patience, I think. It’s trusting in a good future that’s already present, though possibly beyond our senses’ ability to notice. It prompts us to notice the little things that are going right and continue to do so. Just as we have hope in the sunrise of morning and in the sunset of evening, we have hope in eternal life, which we’re already participating in–since “eternal” is outside of time, without beginning or end.

I’m thankful for the hope which abides. How about you?