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?

  • yes it is and will be until jesus returns. I will echo what you say…without hope what is life worth living for anyway? Good to hear from you again. 🙂
    My recent post He’s Everything To Me

    • hehe, i think your hope will be even more alive after He returns ;))))

      it's good to be back in writing mood – i missed y'all!

  • You have no idea how timely the quote hope perishes last is today. I read it today as I was sitting in an airport and I broke down. Thank you for ministering to me today.
    My recent post Miracles By Glynn Young

    • *hug* praying for you, Michael. I hope everything is okay?

  • First of all, I can see why you like Koontz. Secondly, Proverbs 13:12 says "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick, but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life" (KJV). It might be painful to hope, but like you said, the result is beautiful.

    • 😉 told ya, J. he is the master of fiction. (and no wonder i love Dekker – his favorite writer is Koontz too)

      thanks for sharing that Scripture – cool.

  • j4man

    Hope – one of the most powerful things in the world. Thanks for the good post!
    My recent post Quench the Spirit

    • Thanks Jim – hope is indeed one of the most powerful things – probably 'cuz it's provided by the all-powerful God 🙂

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