As Jim Wallis of the Sojourners says, “Hope means believing in spite of the evidence and watching the evidence change”. (York Minster 13 July 2014)
It has been said that a person can live thirty days without food, five days without water, five minutes without air, but not one second without hope.
For a Christian, hope is much more than a vague longing about how the future might be.
Hope is the certainty that comes out of an encounter with Jesus Christ and the daily infilling by the Holy Spirit.
When the Apostle Paul prays for the Church in Rome saying, ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’, he is praying for more than just a sense of reassurance. He is praying that the followers of Jesus in Rome will be so enveloped by the friendship and the presence of God with them in the power of the Holy Spirit, that they will be able to face the future with joy and peace, knowing that they are secure in God.
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