Hope Does Not Disappoint!
Hope is a wonderful thing. The Apostle Paul teaches that, “Hope does not disappoint…” For the person who is frustrated that they cannot help a drug enthused loved-one, break the cycle of addiction, hope is real. The dejected individual who cannot find a job, is buoyed by the hope that one day, some way, employment is right around the corner. The spouse who wonders, “What will it take to get my husband or wife to start acting in a rational manner and stop wrecking our marriage,” hope for a turnaround is sometimes all they must stand on. Hope is what keeps the person with an elusive medical challenge to continue to look forward to healing and long life.
Yesterday afternoon, after a long day at church, an early morning helping to prepare lunch for our Confirmation of Faith Class and some of their parents, a last look at the sermon I would preach, and several small conversations before, in between and after worship, I looked into the eyes of five young persons and listened to them talk about their faith in God.
What I heard the young people express were youthful, but mature and well-thought out concepts of faith in God and hope for the future, their futures. Hope is real, and hope does not disappoint. As I listened to the children and looked into their eyes, my hope for the world and the future of life as we know it filled with enthusiasm and hope that everything will be alright.
Romans 5: 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. 
Questions for Reflection:
- What are the things or components that make for hope?
- Why do you think the Apostle Paul teaches in Romans 5 that “Hope does not disappoint us…?”
- Other thoughts you may have about hope?
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for hope. I thank you for reasons to be excited about life and the future ahead. When the walls of life seem to constrict and close and options seem so few, I thank you for the ability to hope. When options are limited and those who seem to know the way are lost, without a clear answer, Lord, in you I find reasons to hope. It is because of you that I hope for tomorrow and the best life possible. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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