[ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bonnie Maw lives in rural Saskatchewan, as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and employee. Forgive and treasured, she tries each day to live simply by the grace freely extended to me by a Loving Father.]
1 hope verb \ˈhōp\
1: to desire with expectation of obtainment
2: to expect with confidence: trust
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Romans 8:25)
Hope it is such a small word, but a word that is loaded with such huge expectation.
We hope for our future, for who we will be when we grow up, (some of us are still working on that, but we continue to hope), we hope for healthy babies, we hope for good health for our families, we hope that we will have enough rain for our crops to grow, we hope that we won’t have too much rain, we hope for successful marriages, we hope for comfortable retirements, we hope for peace, we hope for a cure for a friend who is diagnosed with a disease with no known cure. We hope for our children to believe and follow the path to the cross. We hope we can lead by example. We hope we can make a difference.
Hope helps us get up in the morning and move through another day when the world around us appears to be hopeless and driven only by what can taken out of it.
Being in relationship with The Father gives us a hope of far more lasting things; A hope of heaven, of grace that we can’t earn, of kindness beyond measure, of a life eternal without any of the aforementioned things to think on or worry about.
Hope can be as simple as extending kindness to a stranger, because unknowingly our kindness, our touch may be the hope that they have been looking for. How will I spread hope as this Advent season begins? This is my question for myself now and as I look to a New Year filled with hope for what might be.
My prayer is that God will turn my hopes into action and that my small candle will burn brightly enough to spark a flame in the life of someone else needing the hope that I carry in my heart.
The video below highlights the power of words. Among the words filled with power, the small word HOPE stands large.