Vision of Hope

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by jendoop


“Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind, in the tomb of Jesus Christ, all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world … That, quite simply, is what it means to be Christian: to follow Jesus Christ into the new world, God’s new world, which he has thrown open before us.” ― N.T. WrightSimply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

What is the difference in these states Wright presents – spirituality/introspection, joy/pleasure, justice/vengeance? For me it is hope. Are we lifting our gaze no higher than the horizon, filling our lives only with what is temporally weighted to the world? Hope lifts our gaze to the heavens and we are able to envision our future there made possible through Christ.

What does hope look like to you? Not of institutions or governments, but personally in a way that lifts you through trying days and comforts your sleep before a new day of possibilities? And how do you retain hope in this dreary world?


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About jendoop

Jen writes, reads, paints, walks, prays, eats and sleeps. Paul is her co-conspirator in teaching these skills to 4 children.

4 Responses to Vision of Hope

  1. Brenda says:

    I always think about hope in the terms of an experience I had as a teen while hiking in the mountains of Idaho. We had been climbing for quite a while and finally reached the summit. Up there is was absolutely peaceful and you could see forever. It was a wonderful spiritual experience and I cherished the feelings I had. Over my life I’ve had other sacred experiences where truths have been taught, love has been transmitted, and in all cases there seemed to be a glimpse of what was to come in the eternities. When I’m struggling all I have to do is think about one of these times and the feelings if hope and love come back to me. This gives me the strength to carry on.

  2. jendoop says:

    Brenda, You gave me a flash back to the peaks I’ve summited, what a great analogy. Are our earthly summits just an appetizer for heavenly rewards? Wonderful to consider.

    A scripture that helped me get through my last move, and which is also the focus of an art project, is 2 Nephi 31:20, which includes, “Ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.”

    I’m pondering what may or may not be included in hope – optimism? wishful thinking? faith? endurance?

  3. Bonnie says:

    Hope is the most powerful motivator in the universe. It’s what I focused on when I started my first non-profit (MotherHope). I found that people were capable of unbelievable things when they had a firm and steadfast hope, so that was the place to begin when people needed help moving from point A to point B. I’ve had some times when I needed help with hope, but once I had it again, the rest fell in place.

    For me, true doctrine is my greatest source of hope. Wishful thinking and even optimism pale in the face of intimidation, and we’re bound to face some intimidating things. Hope is like what mothers have when they look in the faces of their children, and I firmly think it’s what undergirds their ability to be mama bears. Love is there, but hope for their children’s future drives parents.

    I don’t think of hope as a fragile thing at all. It is the strongest of strands. I think it builds in a cycle with faith and charity and meekness, a la Moroni 7. We exercise a bit of hope in Christ, our faith grows a bit, our charity gets a bit stronger, then we have a bit more hope and so on. I don’t think of any of those things as fragile. They are more powerful than any temporal security as they help us weather unbelievable things.

    Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul,
    And sings the tune without the words,
    And never stops at all …

  4. MSKeller says:

    First off, I don’t find the world dreary. Challenging at times, heartbreaking now and again, but never dreary.

    Hope for me is the willingness to try something new, to get up, to smile when I don’t want to, to visualize a challenge being conquered. Hope is a long deep breath of air or sometimes a dark chocolate coconut Pasja biscuit. Not a promise exactly, but the anticipation of my dreams (or part of them) actually becoming a reality.

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