HOW many times have you heard someone say, “I hope to see you tomorrow” or “I hope you can come”
HOW many times have you heard someone say, “I hope to see you tomorrow” or “I hope you can come” or “I hope you will be better soon”?
We all use the word hope many times. But what does the word hope actually mean and what do we really mean when we say it?
The dictionary defines the word hope as a feeling of desire for something and a confidence in the possibility of its fulfilment.
So the word hope can be used in the longing for good things to happen, maybe a perfect situation or a successful event.
Incidentally, in America, Canada and New Zealand the bride’s bottom drawer is called a “hope chest”. Hope for a blessed, long and loving marriage together.
Recently the news has been filled with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. It is hard to imagine her parents’ heartbreaking sorrow, but we caught some of it in our own hearts as we watched a reconstruction of her abduction on the BBC’s Crimewatch.
Her parents, Kate and Gerry, however, are a prayerful couple and have faith in God.
They say they will never give up hope and after the programme said that they now had fresh hope.
We have to endure many hardships and troubles in this life but if we lose hope we have nothing to help us through these times.
So when we say, “I hope you will soon feel better” remember the real meaning of the word hope, have the confidence in the possibility of its fulfilment.
If you add a short prayer to God, trusting in him, he will fill you with a hope like none other.
The apostle Paul wrote these words to encourage us: “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.”