Hope

Scripture reading

This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.

–1 Timothy 4:9-10

Thought of the Day

A few years ago I had the opportunity to hear Nobel Peace prize laureate and Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town South Africa Desmond Tutu speak at a large gathering at Southwestern University. It was amazing to hear Bishop Tutu speak about peace and faith and hope for the future. I will never forget it.

Once in an interview, Bishop Tutu was asked about the future and if he was hopeful at all. This is what he said.

“I am always hopeful. A Christian is a prisoner of hope. What could have looked more hopeless that Good Friday? There is no situation from which God cannot extract good.”

Bishop Tutu had plenty of reasons to feel hopeless. Sometimes we tend to lose hope because of situations we find ourselves in. The next time I get that way, I will remember these hope filled words and remember that I am a “prisoner of hope”.

Prayer

Lord, I am Your prisoner. Fill me with Your love. Amen.

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