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Keeping Hope

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delights my soul." (Psalm 94:19)

Discussion

Have you lost all hopes?

As long as there is life, there is always hope. Hope is the anchor for the safe landing of our life journey. Hope for the best always. Hopes should be stretched beyond this world.

St. Paul says, "And now brothers and sisters, we want to know what will happen to the believers who have died, so you will not grieve like people who have no hope." (1 Thessalonians 4:13).

The greatest hope for the believers is the resurrection. God will turn tragedy to triumph, poverty to riches, pain to glory, and defeat to victory. We should always be the apostles of hope, not the doomsayers. In the practical realm, we should be the doers who kindle hope in others through our words, thoughts, and actions. A conscious, deliberate attempt is needed for sustaining the hopes already planted by you. We could utilize our wealth of experiences and talents to always keep our hopes alive.

Gil Troy says about his fatherís life-to-death experience in the ventilator, "I just returned from the strangest, most terrifying planet ever visited. It was a sterile, and septic version of hell, with smiling nurses and grim doctors doing the work of superheroes 24/7 under the fluorescent glow of bright lights. The epidemic cheerfulness masks the patients' and families' miseries, as they languish at the nightmarish infection. We rejoiced when a nurse taught him to give one thumps up for "YES" and two fingers for "NO". My mother then asked him whether he wanted extraordinary measures to help get better. He struggled, then, characteristically gave an enthusiastic, tough determined, thumps up sign. Smiling nurses bring cheerfulness and hope in the most grilled situation. Truly a glorified profession of hope.

Hope for the best always. If there is a will, there is a way to create hope in any situation. Till the last breath of life, we should not lose hope.

Prayer

Jesus, let us be the creators of hope. We pray for those who have lost all hopes in their lives to get it back. We pray for the people who are in the forefront of bringing hope and cheerfulness to those who have lost it. All we ask in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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