Sometimes it’s hard to hold on to that mysterious thing we call hope.  It floats through our hearts and minds and we try to embrace it, but then reality washes over us like a wet blanket and we wonder if there’s any reason to go there.  What difference can it possibly make?  I believe the answer is that it makes all the difference in the world.

If you think about it, whether we acknowledge it or not, we live nearly every moment with a sense of hope.  Would we plant a garden in the spring and not hope for the tomatoes to grow on the vine and treat us to their harvest?  Would we have a child and not hope that it would grow to become a strong and loving human being, mastering life in all the best ways?  Would we even get out of bed if we did not hope for the day to bring something to make us smile about or rejoice over at the evening meal?

Hope lives within us, stimulating our work, our dreams and even our faith.  Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “even when we stand in life at midnight; we are always at the threshold of a new dawn.”

Let’s take today and be the messengers of hope.  Even where skies are cloudy, let’s talk about the sun.  Where hands are empty, let’s embrace them with special tasks and gifts to share.  Where hearts are disillusioned, let’s shine a light of new possibility.  That’s what hope does and we’re the ambassadors.

I pray for each of us today, along with the writer of this thought from Romans, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our hope is founded in love, faith, and the gifts we receive in each other.  Thanks to each person who renews my hope and my spirit each day.  My hope is in you and in the One who made us.

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