The word that Kate gave for today is hope. I am blessed to know several writers who are all about hope but there are two in particular whose writing resonates with me: Susan Shipe of HopeHeartHome and Karen Sebastian-Wirth.
The definition of hope, according to dictionary.com, is in its noun form: the feeling that something that is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. In its verb form, the definition is to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
1 Peter is my go-to book in the Bible for hope. I cannot tell you the number of times I have been brought back to this book. In particular, the verses in 1 Peter 1:3-4 ring in my heart:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 1 Peter 1:3-4 NASB
A living hope! Not some pie-in-the-sky, maybe-I’ll-win-the-lottery-without-even-buying-a-ticket hope! This hope isn’t based on nothing. It is based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! And what is that hope for? An inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled.
About what on or in this world can one use the words imperishable and undefiled?
What might you be hoping for today? Is your hope based on something real and solid?