Here is a useful definition of hope:
Hope resides in a faith-fuelled certainty that salvation lies ahead, even if we cannot see the
precise nature or circumstances of that salvation. Hope lives in the knowledge that despite all
the twists and turns of the human journey, amidst the pain and nearness of despair, with God
the possibility of a better future persists. This is a future that conforms not to human desires but
to God’s plans of justice, mercy and compassion. (Tim Costello, Heroes of the Faith, p 143)
It is a definition that one must read slowly and thoughtfully. It is stressing that with God as the centre of life, the Rock of Gibraltar for us, we can positively know that he has a place for us for ever. Anchoress Julian of Norwich wrote:
All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.
Tim Costello and Julian of Norwich understood Christian faith and hope. Do you share their confidence? We all feel low on occasions and it is good to recall what others may have said by way of hope. I am comforted by the words of Jesus:
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28.20)
If in doubt please talk with Emily or me. I’d like to think we all have confidence in our future hope with the Lord Jesus.