“Hope is the thing with feathers, That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all.”
- Emily Dickinson
I had a friend who was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. Her prognosis was poor, and the doctors looked hopeless as they avoided her eyes when they spoke. However, she chose hope despite their dire words. She prayed with a faith that had witnessed healing previously. Her family and friends prayed with great faith. The cancer remained and she entered hospice.
o Her faith didn’t falter, and hope remained.
o Her days became short, and she was prepared for the end of her race. Her faith didn’t falter, and hope still remained. However, her hope for the beyond did change. She no longer hoped for healing but began to hope for something more. She hoped her only child lived a life of joy and in relationship with God. She hoped her husband would find the strength to live a full life. She hoped for the moment she would enter her heavenly destination. She placed her hope in the hands of Father God knowing His will, His perfect will, has and will be done. She had her best death, and her hopes came true.
o Hope + Faith = Peace
Hope is an effervescent emotion indwelt with desire for a certain positive outcome and expectation. Hope for the beyond helps navigate suffering and many kinds of trials.
Hope has a purpose, a great calling. Hope is a source of strength that enables one to continue by focusing the mind on a future minute, hour, day (or life, or eternity) that is different from your current momentary circumstance.