thoughts on hope

Hope implies that there has been a stumbling.  A loss that needs to be regained.  A half that needs to be wholed.  But does that necessarily mean we have to face hard times before we can realize hope?  And can we have hope when we don't even know we do?

14 comments

misssrobin | August 25, 2010 at 12:51 AM

Good questions. I have no answers. But I do have hope.

Kim | August 25, 2010 at 6:17 AM

Yes, we can. I will never forget when Gordon had his heart attack and then a couple of years his surgery and I will never forget what my sister use to tell me. You have so much faith. Faith and hope intertwine and I would always reply "I do?"

Barbaloot | August 25, 2010 at 7:54 AM

I don't think we have to lose something to have hope. It's one of the attributes in Preach My Gospel that I've been reading up on. Check out Ether 12:4. It's one of my new favorite scriptures.

Lara | August 25, 2010 at 8:06 AM

I think hope is there to help us understand and use the Atonement. We don't necessarily need to have lost something or even gone through something terrible to have it. By being imperfect human beings alone, we need it. It helps us to not give up and to keep repenting, again and again.

Momza | August 25, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Hope is what holds me together.
Every day of my life.
Hope in the safety of my family.
Hope in my friends.
Hope in my thoughts and actions.
Hope in my faith.
I think Hope is a verb.
Like Faith and Charity.
All Verbs.

Heather of the EO | August 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

I heard recently, something like,

hope is long-term patience. I liked that because that makes hope true even when we don't know it's there. If we're moving forward, striving...we're creating hope.

I think.

Bossy Betty | August 25, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I hope I can answer these questions some day. Well, maybe not....

TechnoBabe | August 25, 2010 at 10:44 AM

No. And yes.

Kazzy | August 25, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Barb mentioned Ether 12:4, which has been a favorite scripture of mine for years. Thanks, Barb.

The idea of hope being an anchor is so cool, because anchors both steady a boat and also allow a little slack for movement. That is what I need!

Amber | August 25, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Great questions. I believe that we develop hope as we continue on in faith whether we lose something or not. I haven't experienced a profound loss, but I do have hope.

Connie | August 25, 2010 at 10:20 PM

I hope so.

Terresa | August 25, 2010 at 11:35 PM

I like hope. As dark as some days may be, when I sort through things enough, there is still hope at the bottom of the well. Hope. It keeps me going.

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Candy Eash | August 29, 2010 at 3:11 PM

I don't feel that needing hope implies stumbling, or even a loss that needs to be regained. For me its more of absence that needs to be filled. Needs in general that haven't been met. In having hope of the future fulfillment of these things I don't struggle. I struggle in the need to have them. Hope is what comforts the unmet things. Faith is what's needed when stumbling occurs.

I think Faith and Hope are two sides to the same coin. Hope being the substance of things desired, and Faith being the evidence of things not seen.

We have faith that Christ can save, heal, forgive, etc. There is evidence of Him and His work everywhere and we believe/know these can come to pass. We have hope in marriage, children, grandchildren, jobs etc. Things that are manifest around us, maybe in others lives and scriptures - a substance of their reality, but things not yet realized in our own life.

Do we have to struggle? Yes. "For it must needs be that there is opposition in ALL things." Do we have to struggle to hope. No. We just have to be without something we desire. Though at times having hope can hurt intensely. Which is where assurances come in, but that is a different subject. :)