Romans 15:4,13 "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope….May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Hope - what is hope? Merriam-Webster defines it as, "to cherish a desire with anticipation," "to desire with expectation of obtainment," or "to expect with confidence" (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope). I have often thought, while waiting for another surgery to be completed, for my to son to master walking, for him to be able to eat on his own so that his g-tube could be removed, and countless other times, that there is a fine line between hope and denial or false thinking; tactics used as a coping mechanism. Is hope something genuine that I can, as a logical and intelligent person, truly believe in? What do we have if we don't have hope? Paul trusts in hope. He believes that hope is something God has given us - our God is a "God of hope." What encouragement during our darkest and most humbling moments - a prayer specifically for our hearts and souls. May God fill you today with all joy and peace.