Signs of the Times


The Reverend Morton T. Kelsey in Sharing, monthly organ of the Fellowship of St. Luke San Diego, California

"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three." ... Here in this passage St. Paul places [hope] right between the two great pillars of real Christianity. .... Hope then must be a tremendous thing to be wedged in between these two. It is. Hope is a word used ... in the New Testament in some of the most treasured passages. What then is it?

Hope is the anticipation of great things, great good. It is the conviction that life is for us and ready to pour out its richest blessings and treasures and joys upon us. Faith is the confidence that God is there; hope is the inner assurance that: in spite of every difficulty and trouble, God's joy and fullness still lie in store for us, and there is no need to worry. Hope is faith in actual practice in everyday life. Hope is the opposite of worry as faith is the opposite of fear.

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