Yet, as was her nature, she still had hope. Her heart clenched like a fist around a nugget of hope; and if not as much as a nugget, then at least a pebble; and if not a pebble, a grain. But around a single grain of sand, an oyster builds a pearl.
The Taking, Dean Koontz
Without hope, life is bleak and meaningless. Without hope, there’s no point to living – it’s mere existence.
Hope takes effort. Sometimes conscious. Sometimes not.
Hope may be painful – like an oyster who tries to get rid of the pain by covering the grain of sand with layers and layers of shiny calcium carbonate… and the result is beautiful.
And although sometimes painful, it brings joy – because it brings meaning.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Hebrews 11:1, NLT
Faith provides grounds for hope. It is because we believe that we can hope. Without faith, hope is pointless, just like the faith without hope. Nay, it is impossible to believe without hoping. With faith, however, it is able to overturn the mountains of regret and sorrow.
In Russian, we have a saying, “Hope perishes last” which means that you should never give up.
Is your hope alive?