Devotional: A New and Steady Hope

A New and Steady Hope

This doesn’t mean, of course, that we have only a hope of future joys—we can be full of joy here and now even in our trials and troubles. Taken in the right spirit these very things will give us patient endurance; this in turn will develop a mature character, and a character of this sort produces a steady hope, a hope that will never disappoint us. Already we have some experience of the love of God flooding through our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us. (Romans 5:3-5 Phillips)

Last week one of our dear residents was able to articulate hope in a new way for her. Ms. R commented, “Chaplain Nancy, I found myself marinating in misery and I had enough of it.” She went on to talk about how her faith in God and God’s goodness had given her a new hope. We visited for a while and prayed together at the end of our visit.

When I reflect upon that conversation, I wonder how many more persons might be “marinating in misery” instead of seeing new hope, new mercy, a new day, a new opportunity for gratitude, thankfulness, surprise. Let us consider and offer hope as a viable way of life.

Prayer: O Lord God, You are the God of hope. You fill us with joy and peace so that we can overflow with hope by the power of Your Spirit. Build in us the characteristics of perseverance. Help us to see where You are already at work in us and others today. Lift us out of any mire and misery and offer us ways to forgive and hope again in You. Amen.