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What's Hope

John is an actor, writer, and entrepreneur interested in the search for truth and meaning in the world.


Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

What is hope? Is not hope a desire to attain the seemingly unattainable or the power that gives reason to believe that events will have a favorable outcome? Yes, but hope is so much more.

Hope is the fragrance that precedes faith. Hope is the compass that guides the direction of our feet. Hope is the caring mother who gives birth to dreams that become reality. By hope, adventuresome men acquired visions and became founders of new worlds. With hope, a suitor, with his heart swelling with love, visits his desired and awaits her answer. In hope, a general preparing for battle summons his courage, pulls his saber, and charges into glory unknown.

When the darkness of an uncertain future approaches, one’s hope for survival compels him to confront fear. Fear roars with boasts of his past exploits, but hope wells up in a man and encourages him with a vision of success. That vision then becomes an empowering and preserving force that strengthens a man’s resolve to endure perilous times.

So what will we say of hope? Simply this, my friends. When defeat seems imminent and there is no reason to expect victory, hope is the key that opens the door to improbable miracles.

© 2021 John Remington Pierce


Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on August 13, 2021:

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"So what will we say of hope?" - Hope is powerless. It may even be misguiding at times. Hope provides no knowledge and as we all know, "knowledge is power". Knowledge can help us go forward with confidence, for example. What does "hope" do? It's like flipping a coin: maybe yes, maybe no. Haha!!

And for the "faithful" ones: why do You need hope if You say that You have faith? Is faith not all that we need if we truly do have faith? Where does "hope" stand in the face of "faith"?


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