The Encyclopedia Britannica devotes many columns to the topic of love, and many more to faith.  But hope, poor little hope!  She is not even mentioned!

Karl Menninger, in American Journal of Psychiatry

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I have been concerned that my writing of late has been too bleak, too reflective of the challenges we face – and they’re plenty and real for sure.

Indeed, one friend reminded that there are some who read this blog who seek to strive and to find and they need encouragement.  This turned me to hope – to think about it, and doing so I wondered if we are like Menninger’s Encyclopedia?

Do we hope?  Do we have the disposition for hope?  Does it fit in our orientation toward life?  Is it an active ingredient in our life and our daily routine?  Does hope come to us naturally?

Hope is the expectation of divine blessing, the desire and capacity to see God’s presence in life.

In hope one implicitly does not wish to offend God; consequently, our life and our actions and thoughts change rather substantially – and in a quite naturally manner: we simply integrate a desire for God in a way that seeks that we might please God in what we do, think and desire.

In hope, we do not despair, we cease to rely exclusively on our self.  In this one thing there is great relief; we need not live in the fiction that we are “in charge.”

In hope we come to this: God is faithful to His promises, and to us.  In hope we do not presume we are God, nor that institutions which would have us rely on them displace God.

If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.

Philo, in Rewards

Hope – that you might live fully, exceed the boundary of what is merely physical.