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A to Z Challenge
How fitting that this word would find itself positioned the day after Easter. Happy Belated Easter by the way, my favorite holiday!
Spring and the Easter season; their doors wide open for hope with nature displaying its finest dress to the hope that is signified in the rising of Christ from the tomb! Hope as a singular word depicts a gradient of meanings from the mundane and glib terms as in, ‘I hope it’s warm tomorrow.’ to a much deeper connotation when it’s used in terms of ‘I hope a cure for cancer is found soon.’
The word hope is both a noun (desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment) and a verb (to cherish a desire with anticipation). For a word that is so routinely used, many possibilities arise, however in any way the word is spoken there remains a part of us all that desires an outcome. We crave for happenings to be as our heart indicates as in ‘I hope to win the lottery!’
But still, I struggle to recognize the real meaning of hope when the search turns into that of disappointment; when there is not cure for cancer or when I hoped a loved one would recover from a horrific accident, but they didn’t and disappointment occurs. Where is the hope then?
In Romans 5:3-5 "And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us…”
I HOPE someday to understand this word fully but in the meantime what does HOPE mean to you?
“Hope never abandons you, you abandon it”
by George Weinberg