On Sunday mornings, my routine is to wake up with gratitude for a new day, as I do each day. On Sunday mornings, I also like to take time to reflect on the prior week.
This past week has been trying. Personally, this is a transient time in my life where I am in a position to make decisions within the next coming weeks that will be hugely impactful to my life. Those decisions, like most major life decisions, weigh on me. In this past week I have had friends, family members, and loved ones share with me their own personal struggles. Hearing and knowing that my loved ones are struggling in one aspect or another weighs on me. I am sure many of you reading this can relate. Life isn’t easy. As I have said in previous posts, life is filled with love, lessons, and blessings – seen and unseen.
Despite this transient period of my life, despite my loved ones going through thier own struggles, there is one thing I now and will always cling to…and that is HOPE.
Hope is not simply a platitude. Hope, by definition, is “to cherish a desire with anticipation : to want something to happen or be true.” (Webster’s-Miriam Dictionary)
Hope is an innate sense of knowing that things get better. Hope is knowing that in spite of it all, we can receive happiness, we can receive the job we are seeking, we can receive the companionship that we desire, the forgiveness of a love one, or a closer relationship with a loved one. That is hope.
Lastly, hope is exemplified in the Bible in Romans chapter 5, versus one through five.
Deep Zen Meditation
In the passage of scripture, the Holy Bible tells us “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the HOPE of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character: and character HOPE. And HOPE does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Friends, let’s let our thought and reflections today rest in knowing that HOPE is something in which we can cling too. It’s not a platitude, or something that is simply said in passing, but it is a true gift.
Choose hope today.