Hope: what is authentic hope and how do we live in it in the midst of suffering?

“In the abstract, hope is a wish for something, expectation is assuming it is actually going to happen…. false expectations only breed trouble.”
(Gerald May, The Awakened Heart)

“An authentic hope is one that sees reality clearly. To live in hope demands a realism about our world – that we see the world the way it is. What hope gives us is the capacity to recognize that what we see is not the last word.”
(Gordon T. Smith, A Holy Meal)

So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion's never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:18-26

“I do not believe there is a more difficult task in the world than living on faith, hope, and love! We have to make a leap into the darkness or, more precisely, into the Invisible.”
(Carlo Carretto, The God Who Comes)

“Hope is flexible, willing to change or even to be given up if need be.” (Gerald May, The Awakened Heart)

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What if? What if the moment you're now living is meant for more? What if what you just did over the last hour was supposed to have held much more meaning, reality, and truth? What if God wants everything you do to matter more; everywhere you are to be


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What if? What if the moment you're now living is meant for more? What if what you just did over the last hour was supposed to have held much more meaning, reality, and truth? What if God wants everything you do to matter more; everywhere you are to be more significant; every second you live to hold more eternity?

Often I think that this is exactly what God wants for us. I think its what he's made us for; to know his presence, to experience his being, to be embraced by his love in all things.

Pastor John Van Sloten

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