Hope is remembering the future. Often, we get stuck in the past, trying to fix old hurts done unto us or to repair damages we have done. Christians have one primary memory, the saving acts of God culminating in the Death, Resurrection and Ascension of Christ. We remember that we are loved beyond our imagination and that the course of history and our lives forever have been changed.
The Resurrection is God’s vote for us. She says, “You are cherished.” “There’s more.” “You are more than the sum total of our errors.” “Let me write the ending.” “Help is never far from you.”
You are destined for greatness. Grab it with gusto. Embrace your Savior.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NIV)
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
“In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ” - from the Burial of the Dead, The Book of Common Prayer