I have a favorite four letter word. Perhaps that shocks you, but in my experience most people have a favorite four letter word. Mine is
It is a word frequently misused. Most people think of “hope” as a word to express wishful thinking. “I hope it doesn’t rain Saturday” or “I hope they accept our offer and we get the house” or “I hope to be there.” Wishful thinking. An expression of longing for some outcome that we ultimately don’t have control over. I believe the way we employ it leads to the trivialization of hope.
Biblically, hope is a much more active thing. To hope in faith is to live as if the outcome were already determined. To hope in faith is to lean into the future and claim it for today. To hope in faith is to say that what God has promised God has already begun to deliver.
We’re going to be talking about hope this Sunday as we continue our Easter worship and celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. We will read Ephesians 1:15-23, hear Paul remind us of the “hope to which you have been called” and consider what that means for us as a hopeful people. We will gather at the Lord’s table and know that what God has promised God has already begun to deliver.
I hope to see you there.
Grace and peace.