Thursday, March 28, 2013


What is hope?  How does one live without hope?  What does it mean for me, for you, for our every day?

hoped, hop·ing, hopes
1. To wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment.
2. Archaic To have confidence; trust.
1. To look forward to with confidence or expectation: We hope that our children will be successful.
2. To expect and desire. See Synonyms at expect.
1. A wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfillment.
2. Something that is hoped for or desired: Success is our hope.
3. One that is a source of or reason for hope: the team's only hope for victory.
4. often Hope Christianity The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God's help.
5. Archaic Trust; confidence.
Here are some dictionary definitions of hope.  I know words mean different things to different people.  
For me, hope is the ability to continue on.  Not just continue on, but to continue on with great expectations, with anticipation for something great or better, with the expectation of better days! 

A few days ago, I was dusting off my shelf, and my life, and my "hope" some how fell.  It fell down, and made a big bang, and knocked my family down with it.  No, I'm serious.  See image below. 

This huge HOPE sign literally fell, taking down my family portrait with it.  I was surprised my hope and my family were not shattered.  Banged up, and a little upside down, scared from the fall perhaps, and certainly needing help to get back up, but NOT shattered, not broken, not even scratched.  Now I tell you, what knocks us down, what threatens to break us, what sends us flying and burdens us greatly, does not kill our hope.  

....we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character;and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us (Romans 5:3-5).

I do not understand why we all have so much baggage, so many woes, so many trials and so many hurts.  I don't know why we suffer greatly, lose daily, and search endlessly for joy and happiness.  I don't pretend to be a minister, a philosopher, a psychiatrist, or a saint.  I just try and keep one thing in clear focus.  It isn't health (that would be AWESOME), it isn't riches (cause I can't imagine that well), it isn't anything but hope. I place little reminders around the house, little things, can go a long way.  

Hope and love....

Hope is "key" (ah ha ha).....
I know that regardless of religion, or non religion, people all need it, they need hope. 

Hope at Easter time for Christians is the hope in the coming of Christ.  He died, so we may live, he rose, showing us that he will also come again.  We hope in the coming of the Lord.

Hope with childhood cancer:

"Hope is the ultimate optimism--and one thing a cancer family cannot live without.  Hope enables you to endure the hardest treatment, overcome injuries to body and soul, and return to life.  Even the smallest flicker of hope, the tiniest flame deep within you, can insulate you against the arctic winter of cancer.  In the beginning everyone hopes for a cure, for a healthy, whole child and a family returned to normal.  Even those in our 'club' who ostensibly achieve that goal acknowledge that the sense of 'normal' is changed.  So, most families begin to take it down a notch and hope for short-term, achievable goals:having good blood counts, receiving good test results, or avoiding a nasogastric tube.  Later, we hope for a limit on disabilities, a smooth adjustment, continued remission, relief from pain, or a release from suffering.

Hope is fiercely guarded and should never be taken away from anyone.  When you hit the inevitable setbacks or get overwhelmed, when things are not going as planned, or when people around you have negative attitudes, hope can take a beating.  Without hope, you fall into despair and lose your way.  You can fan the flame of hope by focusing on positive possiblilities, surrounding yourself with positive people, reading hopeful stories, talking to survivors and their families, and turning to personal beliefs in spirituality or science or both" (Living with Childhood cancer, p. 55).

Don't let anyone steal YOUR hope!


Gary Hilson said...

Hope can be such a tease sometimes... I have hoped for many things only to have been given the opposite.I have also hoped to be wrong even though I was right.

My hope sign fell and broke into pieces two days ago. I'm glad yours is only a little banged up. Maybe that means I have a chance of putting mine together again.

Cheryl said...

I am very visual too, and have signs around my home that remind me of the important stuff. Hope being one of them. So glad your family and your Hope are unscathed!

Tracy Pepper said...

Beautifully written my friend. I love how God inspires these moments through random things. I mean how much more literal does it get... when HOPE falls off the mantle and takes the family with it! What a great way to start the story. :) But there you are, still unbroken and unscratched. Just pick up your hope and place it there for support. Never underestimate the power of HOPE. Happy Easter Hyland family. x

Anonymous said...

How beautiful! I've never thought much about hope before - I guess I've always taken it for granted. But this post has been causing me to reflect over the past week on how I need hope in my own daily life, how often I get caught up in pessimism or a fatalistic attitude and need to fan that hope back into flame. Thank you for writing.