Sometimes it can seem as if when we pray, we’re stuck in the “hope” category.
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Below is a response to the above commentary/opinion about a questionable thought regarding hope.
Hope should not be perceived as a rest stop on life’s highway. In prayer the door opens with hope and then the belief or misunderstanding of the so-called problem can be healed.
If hope leads to understanding then understanding must have hope. With the proper understanding of hope healing occurs.
Hope is an ACTIVE STANCE. It is not passive.
Perhaps it is the belief of hopelessness that people are stuck in and not hope.
Remember, Hope is a good thing.
O glorious hope! there remaineth a rest for the righteous, a rest in Christ, a peace in Love.
I think people are stuck in the hope category or that “hope” is only a bane, a curse, if one thinks that hope within will never be satisfied, the promise will never really show up. Then that hope can be something that just is a sense of always seeing the feast and never being able to eat it. As we see hope, I think, it is that connection to Truth that in itself IS the feast and an awareness that the one who PLANTED that hope is not a tease, but the Christ-Truth that is here to save us always.
Name Withheld, CS
“And yet it still remains there, ready for our acknowledgement. For that hope of good, peace, and joy, is God speaking to us, calling us to believe. And when we do, we find that that small drop of conscious awareness of God can’t help but overflow, filling us up with Truth and Love, and washing away the doubts and fears. This hope, this connection with God that material sense would hide, is our true guide and forever friend. It leads us home and impels us to bring healing hope, light, joy, and peace to others as well.”
by Mary Baker Eddy
Hope happifies life, at the altar or bower, And loosens the fetters of pride and of power; It comes through our tears, as the soft summer rain, To beautify, bless, and make joyful again.
The harp of the minstrel, the treasure of time; A rainbow of rapture, o’erarching, divine; The God-given mandate that speaks from above, — No place for earth’s idols, but hope thou, and love.
Mary Baker Eddy
The importance of hope
- Maintaining identity by continuing to participate in activities that help patients retain a sense of self outside diagnosis and treatment.
- Claiming power by taking an active role in treatment by setting goals, self-advocating, monitoring and maintaining one’s own health.
- Attending to spirituality, activated through religious, spiritual and other contemplative practices.