Wednesday, July 13, 2011

hope is for us

The other day I was thinking about that great trilogy of Faith, Hope, and Charity. And while they are very intertwined, so that you can't really have any of these qualities without having the others, it occurred to me that they are each focused on someone different. 

Faith is for God:  Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the first principle of the Gospel. Faith in our Heavenly Father.  "Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all thy heart..."

Charity is for our fellowman:  Charity for our family, our friends, our neighbors.  "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

But what about Hope?  Then it came to me:  Hope is for us.  Because of Christ, I can hope for my heart's righteous desires.  I can hope for good things now and in the future.  "[Have] a perfect brightness of hope."

Somehow, that makes me smile. 

Hope is for us. 

flowering almond, symbol of hope