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Published 12-19-11    The Religion Network publishes every Monday

SuzAnne C. Cole, Book of Romans, Martin Luther, Milton Steinberg, Charles L. Allen


Dear Readers,

Faith, hope, trust: three words that are often used
interchangeably and with a measure of logic, since
they are are spiritually, irrevocably intertwined.
When we choose to make the leap of faith to believe
in God, we place our confidence in His reliability,
which makes us trust the Almighty's love for us;
which then graces us with hope, the ability to find
beauty and peace no matter what the circumsances.

- Lisa

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"Hope" by George Watts
"Hope" by George Frederic Watts (1886)

Watts said of this painting, "Hope need not mean expectancy. It suggests here
rather the music which can come from the remaining chord." Nelson Mandela is said
to have had a copy of this painting on the prison wall in his cell on Robben Island.
This version of "Hope" is Watt's first. In his second version, he omitted the star
gleaming at the top. I prefer this version to one without a star of hope.

Living in Hope

When I feel most alone,
Hope holds my hand.
When sadness buckles me,
Hope helps me stand.
When circumstances overwhelm me,
Hope restores my energy.
When chores numb and bore me,
Hope glorifies them.
When I fear self-revelation,
Hope gives me the courage to be myself.

To live in hope is to believe
in light when it is dark,
in beauty when ugliness abounds,
in peace when conflict reigns,
in love when hatred marches.

May I never stop hoping.

SuzAnne C. Cole

Excerpted from "Bless the Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998


Therefore, since we have have been justified
by faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have
gained access (by faith) to this grace in which we
stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God.
Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions,
know that affliction produces endurance, and
endurance, proven character, and proven character,
hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love
of God has been poured out into our heart through
the holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Romans 5:1-5
New American Bible


Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Catalyst of the Protestant Reformation


True to the heart of Jewish religious
belief, above faith and reason,
hope reigns supreme.

Excerpted from "Anatomy of Faith,"
by Milton Steinberg

The Last Word:

When you say a situation or a person is hopeless,
you are slamming the door in the face of God.

Charles L. Allen (1913-2005)
American Methodist minister


























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

Carl Bard



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