Have you ever felt hopeless? Several years ago, I experienced depression. The dark cloud was palpable. I felt hopeless. While I knew certain truths that should have lifted me out of that experience, I could not apply those truths successfully. With help I got well. Unfortunately that is not true for everyone with depression.
Whether or not we suffer from depression, one thing is true. We all long for hope!
- I saw on social media that @YoYo_Ma is teaming up with pianist Kathryn Stott for a concert, Songs of Comfort and Hope (November 2020).
- A friend wrote a book, A Thrill of Hope. She has been telling folks about it this month.
- Even a news syndicate published an article just this week – 10 books that will fill you with hope about the future
- All of us in our ordinary conversation have expressed the words, “I hope … this or that” – especially with regards to the pandemic or the election!
But what is hope?
Lexico defines hope as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
Bible.org defines explains that “hope in Scripture means ‘a strong and confident expectation.’ Though archaic today in modern terms, hope is akin to trust and a confident expectation.”
How then can we nurture hope? Here are just a few ways …
- Remember the source of our hope – secured in the resurrection of Jesus Christ & soak up the Word of life (1 Peter 1:3-9)
- Remember that “a table set with kindness is where you taste real hope.” (from Ann Voskamp post 11/4/2020)
- Feed your soul with music (from Emily P Freeman “New Music to Feed Your Soul)
- Nurture friendships (Mayo Clinic Enrich your life and improve your health)
- Practice “forest bathing” – LOL, no not washing, but enjoying time in nature (What is forest bathing from Elana’s Pantry)
Even as I get ready to publish this post, our country declares a new president. Interesting to me that a favorite author, Scotty Smith, writes in his prayer today about a “restless hopefulness.” Such a great reminder of the source of our hope!
… conflicting emotions fill our hearts. Restless-hopefulness is one of them. Because you have promised to fill the earth with your glory one Day, we have deep hope. Your entire creation, and your every-nation family, are destined for consummate healing and an eternity of perfect everything …Prayer, Scotty Smith, Nov 8, 2020
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.~Edward Mote
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.
Because … I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. (2 Timothy 1:12)