A good friend gave us this ornament in 2020… the year that will forever be remembered as the year the world screeched to a halt because of COVID. I’m SO grateful those days are now behind us — a surreal time in which new words (at least to our experience until then) wormed their way into our everyday vocabulary, words like pandemic, lockdown, curfew, quarantine, flattening the curve, social distancing, new normal.

Now, as another year dawns upon us, the word on this ornament — HOPE — is something that I seem to keep running across during my daily times of reading God’s Word. Hmm… when this happens, I’m learning to pay attention, to consider that maybe this is important! That maybe God is wanting me to learn something…

Biblical hope is based on a person… not on our circumstances, not on other people, not on optimism, not on any effort we can conjure up. It is a state of anticipation that incorporates the idea of waiting for something, of eager anticipation. It means “trusting in God’s character and choosing hope despite our circumstances.” *

Hope based on something — on someone — other than myself is so freeing! God’s past faithfulness is what makes it possible for me to have hope for today and hope for the future.

The biblical authors talk about HOPE in various ways:

And we rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character;
and character HOPE.
And HOPE does not disappoint us,
because God has poured out His love into our hearts
by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
Romans 5: 4-5

We have this HOPE
as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
Hebrews 6:19

Now faith is being sure of what we HOPE for,
and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1

HOPE deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13:12

May the God of HOPE
fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with HOPE
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

HOPE that gets me through the hard things in life, the suffering; HOPE that is an anchor in the midst of whatever I’m going through; HOPE that isn’t based on what I see or feel or experience but rather on a person… this is the kind of HOPE I need to cling to as 2023 unfolds. It’s also a HOPE that has things to look forward to, that fulfills longings.

Whatever your heart may be yearning for in this New Year, may the HOPE that is found in God be what enables you to not only persevere, but also to have joy in the journey of this thing called “Life!

*Some of these thoughts are taken from the Bible Project video “Hope” (see below). If you are not familiar with this resource, be sure to check it out — it’s a gem!

4 thoughts on “Hope…”

  1. Hi dear Mary,

    I think of you often, and miss you!

    I have not been in contact for so long, again 😦

    Thanks for this post. Boy, is it encouraging. What are you hopeful for this coming year?

    I think you are back in CM right now?

    Right now, my side of the family (2 brothers, families, our parents) are having a weeks holiday near the beach. It is raining a lot though! I am up too late right now working on my crochet project, which I am stuck on!

    I am hopeful about this coming year, that I will know hope again. It has been quite a hopeless year in different ways.

    I do hope that you and Al are very well, in mind, body and spirit ❤️

    Love Lisa


    1. Hello, dear friend! SO good to hear from you! I’m grateful to be able to follow you and your family’s comings and goings on Facebook… LOVE seeing you in your world, altho missing you here in mine! I’m hopeful this coming year to achieve some sort of balance/healthy rhythm to life — which was NOT the case in 2022! AND… we’re hoping to make a trip to Romania so we can see our daughter — it will have been four years, which is MUCH too long! Would love to chat sometime… Hugs!


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